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What are eye floaters?

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Eye floaters appear as small spots that drift through your field of vision. They may stand out when you look at something bright, like white paper or a blue sky. They might annoy you, but they shouldn’t interfere with your sight.

SOURCES:

PreventBlindness.org: "Floaters," "Floaters Fact Sheet."

The Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals: "Floaters."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Floaters," "Facts About Vitreous Detachment."

Tan, H.S. , June 2011. American Journal of Ophthalmology

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on March 30, 2019

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SOURCES:

PreventBlindness.org: "Floaters," "Floaters Fact Sheet."

The Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals: "Floaters."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Floaters," "Facts About Vitreous Detachment."

Tan, H.S. , June 2011. American Journal of Ophthalmology

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on March 30, 2019

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