In our normal everyday vision, it’s expected we will see spots if we stare into the sunlight or other bright lights. However, these spots in the vision will disappear as your eye readjusts to the light. But if you are seeing persistent spots in your vision, it could be an indication of something else.
Spots in the field of vision are known as floaters, which results in you seeing objects that look like small circles, spots or specks floating in your vision. These floaters or spots are located within the eye itself and tend to move when your eyes move, although they may drift on their own. Here are some of the potential reasons for seeing spots in your vision.
If you suffer from either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, in rare cases, eye complications could cause spots in your vision. Often type 2 diabetes isn’t diagnosed early enough, so if you currently don’t suffer from type 2 diabetes, but you are having spots in your visual field, it’s a good idea to get tested.
A cataract will cause a clouding of the natural lens of your eye. It’s typically a result of aging in combination with other risk factors such as smoking, steroid intake, diabetes, and sun exposure. Additional symptoms include glare, blurred vision, halos around lights, colours that are less bright, and a cloudy spot in your vision. Treatment includes surgery which is very successful.
If you suffer from chronic migraines, spots in your vision could be a consequence of this. Other symptoms of a migraine include blurred vision, headaches, and eye strain or pain.
In extreme cases, spots in your vision could indicate a problem with the retina of your eye. It could have become attached, or infected. If this is the case, your vision floaters are typically accompanied by a sudden increase in the number of spots you can see and flashing lights in your field of vision.
When to see a doctor
In most cases, spots in your vision are tolerable. However, if you are finding they are causing difficulty with your vision, or you are suffering from additional symptoms as described above, then it’s best to make an appointment with an eye doctor to gain a proper diagnosis and to test for anything serious.