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
What are spots and floaters?
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.