If you’ve ever seen floating specks or small flashes of light in your field of vision, you’ve most likely wondered what was causing them and if you should be concerned that there’s a problem with your eyes.
The appearance of these “floaters and flashes” stems from the fluid that fills the inside of the eye, which is called the vitreous gel. When small strands or clumps of tissue form in the vitreous gel, they cast shadows on the retina. These shadows may look like floating specks, circles, lines or cobwebs in your field of vision, and are often visible when looking at a plain background, such as a blank piece of paper or a clear, blue sky. Read more