These are little spots floating in the vision, which usually occur secondary to aging changes in the vitreous jelly that fills the eye. They are best seen when looking at plain surfaces like a blank wall or the sky and tend to move or “float” around with eye movements. While annoying, floaters are usually harmless. Sudden onset of floaters usually occurs from a vitreous detachment, which is a sudden contracture of the vitreous gel and is associated with aging. Floaters can also be a symptom of more serious problems like a vitreous hemorrhage or even a retinal detachment. New floaters need to be evaluated with a dilated eye exam to rule out serious pathology

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