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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Seeing floaters

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4 Potential Floating Spots in Vision Causes

  1. 1.Normal Occurrence of Floaters

    Floaters are small specks in your vision and often are nothing to worry about.

    Less than a day

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    floating spots in vision
    Symptoms that always occur with normal occurrence of floaters:
    floating spots in vision
    Symptoms that never occur with normal occurrence of floaters:
    recent eye injury, eye pain
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Diabetic Retinopathy

    Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that causes progressive vision impairment.

    Outcome is dependant on severity of disease.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    blurry vision, eye pain, difficulty transitioning from bright to dim environments, floating spots in vision, loss of vision
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Retinal Detachment

    The retina is a layer of tissue in the eye. When the retina detaches, its normal position is disrupted causing vision changes.

    Outcomes depend on extent of detachment and time to treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    floating spots in vision, flashing lights in vision
    Symptoms that always occur with retinal detachment:
    floating spots in vision
    Symptoms that never occur with retinal detachment:
    eye pain, eye redness, eye itch, wateriness in both eyes
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Anterior Uveitis

    Uveitis is the inflammation of of the blood vessels between the back and the front of the eye. "Anterior" uveitis is inflammation of the front of the eye: the iris (the round hole that light goes through) and the ciliary body (the muscles and connective tissue behind the eye's surface). Uveitis can affect adults and children, and there's typically no cause that can be identified.

    Good prognosis with proper treatment. Possible vision loss without treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant eye pain, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, pain in one eye, wateriness in both eyes
    Symptoms that always occur with anterior uveitis:
    constant eye pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Floating Spots in Vision

  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Floating Spots in Vision Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced floating spots in vision have also experienced:

    • 12% Flashing Lights in Vision
    • 9% Headache
    • 4% Dizziness
  • People who have experienced floating spots in vision were most often matched with:

    • 15% Normal Occurrence of Floaters
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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