Many people complain of seeing small spots or floaters in front of
their eyes. They can be
noticed at any age but seem to become
more numerous in later life. Often described as
'Strings of pearls'
or 'Cobwebs' of different shapes and sizes, they are occasionally
accompanied by flashes of light.
Flashes are usually a sign of electrical activity from the retina or
Most spots are normal, but they can indicate a more serious
problem. If you notice a sudden
shower of dots in one, you should
make an urgent appointment with your optometrist for an eye
examination to determine the cause. The optometrist will dilate your pupils, so if you are a driver,
make sure somebody else
drives you home. If you are a contact lens wearer, take your
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