What are the tiny black spots in my field of vision?

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Do you know experiencing tiny black spots in your field of vision is a common problem faced by everyone at some point?  These tiny spots are known as floaters.

Floaters appear like a strand of thread or tiny dots swimming in your field of vision. They are frequently seen in a bright light.

What are these spots?

There is a gel-like substance that is between the retina and the lens called vitreous. These spots or strands are tiny clumps of materials within your vitreous. These floaters occur when there is an excess build-up of collagen in the vitreous.

What are the risk factors?

The occurrence of the floats in your vision is common as you age. Apart from aging, there are other risk factors that could result in the occurrence of the floaters.

The factors are:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Eye trauma or eye surgery
  • Migraines
  • Inflammation in the eyes

When should you visit the eye doctor?

We strongly recommend that you seek immediate help once you start experiencing floaters along with these signs: 

  • Temporary vision loss
  • Flashes of light
  • Eye pain
  • Recurrence of floaters, especially after eye trauma or surgery

Tiny black spots in your vision could be a sign of serious eye conditions.

Early detection and treatment is the best way to lead a healthy life. Eye floaters are usually common and harmless.  But if you experience prolonged symptoms, then consult an ophthalmologist

This post is not intended to be medical advice. Always rely on your medical practitioners on matters related to your health.

Contact New York Ophthalmology at (888) 212-EYES or request a consultation to schedule an appointment at one of our 5 locations in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

6 Responses to What are the tiny black spots in my field of vision?

  • Susan M West says:

    I had a migraine yesterday over my right eye, took my medicine & went too sleep. The headache woke me in my sleep. Took medicine for migraine & started with black dots about a few hours later, never had that happen before, thank you

  • Hiral Kumar says:

    Hello! I experienced permanent floaters when I was quite young and still have it when I am teen….
    Till then and now I am permanently experiencing those tiny black spots in my vision I used to ignore it as it was not too noticeable but now I worried about it…
    So please it is a request that please provide me a solution without any appointment….As I am a teen who does not want to disclose it to anyone….

  • Laurie Wismer says:

    Yesterday I woke up with a black spot in my vision, it is only in one eye. In the past I would see little string like floatys, but this is different, it is a black spot. What should I do?

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