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Floaters are commonly seen by many people as flies, spots, cobwebs or hairs. They are due to particles floating in the vitreous (jelly inside the eye) casting a shadow on the retina. It is normal to have some floaters, but the sudden onset of floaters or the presence of flashes of light may be a symptom of something more serious. It is important that your retina be examined to make sure that there are no retinal problems needing treatment such as a retinal tear, a retinal detachment or a vitreous haemorrhage.

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