Black Spots in Vision

A very prominent symptom of eye floaters is the black spots that are often visible against a light-colored background. These are made up of dead blood cells that have banded together and cast a dot-like shadow onto the retina. These spots are very numerous with patients reporting seeing up to several hundreds in a single eye. Luckily, spots are very small and hard to see. Ignoring them is very easy unless they are situated directly in the central line of vision, where they might appear to be more pigmented.

The black spots in the field of vision are caused by the same mechanism that causes eye floaters, most commonly vitreous syneresis, though there are many other causes. It has been reported that black spots are also frequently caused by head trauma and stress so avoiding both is vital to prevent more black spots.

Black spots should not be confused with eye flashes. If you suddenly see many new black spots in your vision, consult an eye specialist immediately. This could be a sign of a retinal detachment as it most likely means that blood is entering your vitreous humor.

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  1. You have advised that floaters are the reslut of head trauma or stress
    and i recently suffred from the both,and suffring from the floaters
    i cannot avoid it moves along with my eyes ball ,its agreat trouble for me,please suggest me what should i do?

  2. Anand- I have had both also about 12 years ago and am just now experiencing black dots. I hope it is something I try and cope with for a little while longer but I am afraid as no eye doc has ever said anything about a tearing of retina or beginning of one, just had eye exam end of last year and they had already started appearing. best wishes!

  3. I am 14 years old and i am experiencing a black dot in my vision. I also have a black dot in my eye which is visible to see. Is this bad or.. i a extremely worried!

  4. I am experiencing the same thing the black spot/dot in my vision it’s not buttering me at all and I can ignore it but I am a little but concerned. It’s only one black spot/dot in the left eye and it also moves as I look in different directions and I am 15 years old and just about 1-2 months ago it appeared. I use devices alot in bad light I also lack sleep during the night but I repay for it during the day, should I be worried?

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