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What causes eye floaters? 7 possible conditions

Eye floaters are tiny specks or strings that float into your field of vision. While they may be a nuisance, eye floaters should not cause you any pain or discomfort. Eye floaters can appear as black or gray dots, lines, cobwebs, or blobs. Occasionally, a... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Retinal Detachment

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from the back of the eye. This is a medical emergency that causes total or partial loss of vision.

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2

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that occurs as a result of damaged blood vessels of the retina in people who have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy can develop whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. While you ma...

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3

Retinal Vascular Occlusion

Retinal vascular occlusion occurs when one of the vessels carrying blood to or from your retina becomes blocked or contains a blood clot.

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4

Making Sense of Hypertensive Retinopathy

High blood pressure can damage the retina's blood vessels and limit the retina's function. It can also put pressure on the optic nerve.

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5

Uveitis

Uveitis is swelling of the middle layer of the eye, which provides blood to the retina. Read about causes, symptoms, and treatment.

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6

Polyarteritis Nodosa

Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a serious but rare disease of the blood vessels caused by an immune system malfunction.

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7

Sarcoidosis

Learn about sarcoidosis and its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and potential complications.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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