Read below about floating spots in vision, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your floating spots in vision from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

This symptom can also be referred to as:
Seeing floaters

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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Floating Spots in Vision

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced floating spots in vision. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Cataract

    A cataract is clouding of the eye's lens that leads to decreased vision. It typically develops slowly over time.

    Resolves with surgery to remove the cataract

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vision changes, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, double vision, altered color perception
    Symptoms that always occur with cataract:
    vision changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.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

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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.Age - Related Macular Degeneration

    Age-related macular degeneration is a disease of the macula, which is the part of the eye responsible for seeing objects clearly. It is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States.

    Lifelong

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vision changes, blurry vision, difficulty transitioning from bright to dim environments, visual distortions, altered color perception
    Symptoms that always occur with age-related macular degeneration:
    vision changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.New Migraine

    Migraines are headaches of moderate to severe intensity, which happen when blood vessels in the brain swell up. They are episodic and thus can recur often. Most migraine sufferers experience increased sensitivity to sounds and/or lights and become nauseous and vomit.

    Migraine symptoms may resolve within a day or two, but the condition can come and go for a year or more. If any particular episode is unusually severe or does not respond to your customary treatments, you may want to see a doctor urgently.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, fatigue, nausea, mild headache, headache that worsens when head moves
    Symptoms that always occur with new migraine:
    new headache
    Symptoms that never occur with new migraine:
    fever, diarrhea, productive cough, headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Floating Spots in Vision

  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • 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.What is your body mass?

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Floating Spots in Vision Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 11% Flashing Lights in Vision
    • 10% Headache
    • 4% Blurry Vision
  • People who have experienced floating spots in vision were most often matched with:

    • 54% Retinal Detachment
    • 27% Cataract
    • 18% 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”).

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