Floating Spots in Vision Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your floating spots in vision symptoms, including 5 causes and common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: seeing floaters

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Floating Spots In Vision Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

5 Possible Floating Spots In Vision Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced floating spots in vision. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Cataract

A cataract is when the lens, a crystalline structure in the eye that normally allows light into the eye, becomes cloudy. Symptoms of a cataract include blurry vision, difficulty seeing at night, glare, difficulty discerning colors, and increased nearsightedness.

The diagnosis is made by examination by an ophtha...

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Normal occurrence of floaters

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

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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Retinal detachment

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

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

Age-related macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease in which the center of the retina is progressively damaged, leading to gradual central vision loss. The macula, found at the center of the retina, is responsible for producing central...

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New migraine

New, or new-onset, migraine means the person has never experienced a migraine headache before. A migraine is a one-sided headache that causes intense pain and throbbing due to blood vessels dilating in the brain.

The exact reason for new-onset migraine headache is not known, but a number of causes are being studied:

  • Pregnancy.
  • Soy isoflavone supplements, especially in men.
  • Use and overuse of certain medications.
  • Traumatic head injury.
  • Angioma, which is a cluster of dilated blood vessels in the brain.
  • A complication of surgery for some heart conditions.

Anyone with a sudden severe headache should be seen by a medical provider, so that a more serious cause can be ruled out. A transient ischemic attack, also known as TIA or mini-stroke, can have symptoms similar to a migraine but is far more serious.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, and imaging such as a CT scan.

Treatment for migraine varies with the individual. Lifestyle changes may be recommended and there are a number of medications that may be tried.

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

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Floating Spots In Vision

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • What is your body mass?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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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 Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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