Flashes and Floaters

Floaters are specks, spots, cobwebs, or cloud like images moving around in your field of vision.  They are often more noticeable against a plain background, like a blue sky or a white wall.  It is often times normal to gradually accumulate floaters as we get older.  If you ever have a sudden or abrupt increase in floaters, even if they settle, you should make an appointment within a day or two of that episode to be examined for a possible retinal tear.

Flashes occur when the vitreous gel inside the eye pulls on the retina.  This is more likely to occur with head or eye movement.  If you have a sudden appearance of flashes, you should contact us for an exam within a day or two of onset in case the retina has been torn.

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