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Ask An Eye Doctor allows AlwaysCare members to ask eye doctors and eye care professionals vision questions. We have also supplied a list of frequently asked question and answers.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Question
What are spots and floaters?
 Answer
Spots (often called floaters) are small, semi-transparent or cloudy specks or particles within the fluid inside the eye that become noticeable when they move within the line of sight. They may also appear with flashes of light. The inner part of your eye is filled with a clear, jelly-like fluid known as the vitreous. Occasionally, small flecks of protein and other matter become trapped during the formation of the eye before birth and remain in the vitreous body. Spots and floaters may also be caused by the age related deterioration of the eye fluid or its surrounding parts or by certain injuries or diseases. Almost everyone sees a few spots at one time or another. They can occur more frequently and become more noticeable as you grow older. If you notice a sudden change in the number or size of the spots, contact your eye doctor for an examination to be sure they are not the result of a more serious problem.
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“Ask An Eye Doctor” is offered in conjunction with the physicians of Crown Optical of St. Louis, Missouri, and Eye Medical Center and EYEMAX Family Optical of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, participating providers in the AlwaysVision program.

Disclaimer: The Ask An Eye Doctor service is not intended to substitute for a physician's consultation and is provided with the understanding that the staff of AlwaysCare Benefits and/or any affiliated parties are not engaged in rendering medical advice or services. Consult your own physician to determine the applicability of this material to your own symptoms or medical condition.

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