Floaters in the vision, spots, dots, strings...many different forms of floaters are described every day by patients. But are there ones that are better or worse than others?
The short answer is 'no'! Any new dots or strings or 'fruitflies' in the vision signal possible retinal tears or detachments. Whenever a patient calls the office with these types of complaints, we bring them into the office within 48 hours to check for these problems.
If a retinal tear is present, a laser can be used to seal it off before it becomes a detachment. Most often, it is just a vitreous detachment, in which case it is not an immediate concern, and the symptoms tend to get better on their own. Floaters in Detroit are treated as an urgent problem!