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Visual Floaters


Floaters are specks that appear to move around in your field of vision. They are dark and shaped like spots or cobwebs. If you try to look straight at them, they seem to dart away.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may be referred to an ophthalmologist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Protect your eyes:

  • Get annual eye exams. Your ophthalmologist or optometrist will examine your eyes and test your vision.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection lenses to protect your eyes when you are outdoors.
  • Manage your health conditions. See your healthcare provider regularly if you have a health condition that may affect your vision, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Contact your healthcare provider or ophthalmologist if:

  • You start to see more floaters over time.
  • You have eye pain or blurred vision, or light hurts your eyes.
  • You have questions or concerns about your care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You suddenly see more floaters, or flashing lights.
  • You have a gradual or sudden loss of vision, or a change in your vision.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.