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I see a black dot floating in my eyes. What is this

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Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 8 years ago.

Hello there

You have floaters. The back of the eyeball is full of a gel called vitreous. This gel is intimately attached to the retina and as we age, this gel liquifies, shrinks and pulls away from the retina. This causes new floater or floaters in your vision. If you have had your retinas examined and the retina is fine, you are fine as long as you do not develop new floaters or have flashing lights. If you did not have a dilated exam looking at the retinas carefully, you need that done. If you develop new floaters, which are dark spots in your vision, you need to be seen urgently (within 24 hours). I hope this helps, Dr. Stevens Ophthalmologist

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