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I have dark spots and what looks like dark clouds moving in front of my eyes

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Dr. Kaushal Kulkarni
Ophthalmology 14 years experience
Floaters and Flashes: These are called "floaters." They happen to almost everyone. They are caused by natural breakdown of the normal vitreous gel that forms the eye, which is made of collagen and other molecules. IF you are having flashing lights in addition to the floaters, you need to be seen ASAP by an eye doctor for a dilated exam to check for a retinal tear or detachment.

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Last updated Mar 31, 2015

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