Eye floaters are what eye care specialists call spots in your vision. If you have eye floaters, they may look like gray or black specks, cobwebs or specks that drift around when you move your eye. The spots appear to drift away when you look at them directly. People with floaters in the eye describe them as seeing spots, black spots, flashes of light in the eye or eye flashes.
Eye floaters typically appear as you age. They’re caused by the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes becomes more liquid. Microscopic fibers floating in the vitreous tend to clump and can create shadows on your retina, which appear to you as floaters. Think of it as the particles in the air that you see when watching a film projection or slideshow.
Contact your eye care professional immediately if you notice a sudden increase in eye floaters. This can be a symptom of a more serious issue that requires prompt attention.