Flashes / Floaters
“Floaters” are deposits or condensation in the vitreous jelly of the eye resembling the white of an egg. They create specks, strings, or thread-like images that drift across the line of vision. The term eye “floaters” is what people often use to describe seeing floating spots within their vision when they look around. They can be present in one or both eyes.

These floating spots can have varying appearances. They can look like straight lines, curved lines, strings, or “O” or “C” shaped blobs. Some people see a single floater while others may think they see hundreds. What is actually seen is not the floater itself but the shadow it casts onto the retinal surface. Floaters may become more prominent when in brightly lit settings or when looking at plain backgrounds.

Flashes are sparks of light that flicker across the visual field. Flashes are a visual phenomena that occur when the vitreous gel rubs or pulls on the retina. In some cases, it may be a symptom associated with a spasm of blood vessels or migraine.

While floaters and flashes are not always indicative of serious problems, in some cases they may be associated with a tear in the retina, which is very serious and requires immediate follow-up.

If you notice new floaters, flashes, or what appears to be a curtain covering a portion of your vision, make an appointment today to ensure that there has been no harm to your retina.

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