Are You Suddenly Seeing Dark Spots in Your Vision?

At the Mountain View Medical Center, patients visit us with a wide variety of symptoms, some of which are quite troubling yet they doesn’t seem to directly cause them any problem at all. Seeing black spots in their vision is one of these. By and large, we refer to these dark spots as vitreous floaters.

Floaters can either appear as threadlike strands or tiny black dots moving in your field of vision. They are frequently seen when you’re staring at a plain background like a blue sky or a white wall. These spots or strands are actually tiny clumps of materials within your vitreous (that clear gel-like fluid which fills the hollows of your eyes).

The presence of floaters occurs when there’s excessive buildup of collagen in the vitreous. This is a common occurrence as one ages because the vitreous tends to shrink resulting to breakdown of the collagen fibers. Aside from increasing age, other risk factors which could result to the appearance of floaters include the following:

  • nearsightedness
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • recent eye trauma or eye surgery
  • migraines
  • presence of inflammation in the eyes

When to Seek Immediate Help

Majority of patients who see us here at our eye care practice in Fairbanks initially find floaters as annoying. However, we strongly recommend that you seek immediate help once the appearance of floaters is coupled with one or more of the following:

  • temporary vision loss
  • sudden flashes of light
  • eye pain
  • sudden increase in the amount or frequency of floaters, particularly after eye trauma or surgery

Dark spots in your vision can be a sign of serious conditions such as retinal tearing, retinal detachment, internal eye bleeding, and age-related macular degeneration. Thus, early detection and treatment is crucial. If you’ve been experiencing floaters for a while now, we invite you to get in touch with us! Call (907) 328-2920 or by filling out this contact form today. We look forward to helping you improve your vision and consequently make your life better!

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