Flashes and Floaters

What are floaters and flashes?

Floaters are tiny clumps of gel or cells inside the vitreous that fills your eye. Floaters may appear as small specks or dark shadows that “float” in your visual field. This condition develops from changes in the back of the eye also known as the vitreous cavity. In typical cases, floaters are part of the aging process. After around age 30, clumps of material floating inside the eye can cast shadows on the retina, causing some people to see floating spots.

Flashes happen when the vitreous rubs or pulls on your retina. Flashes can look like flashing lights or streaks in your field of vision. You might see flashes on and off for weeks or months.


How are floaters and flashes diagnosed?

Thomas Eye Group uses specialized diagnostic equipment to examine your eyes and look for potential issues related to the retina.

Are floaters and flashes serious?

Most floaters and flashes are not considered serious; however, frequent floaters and flashes could be symptoms of a torn or detached retina. Contact your doctor immediately if you have any of these symptoms.

These floaters and flashes could be symptoms of a torn or detached retina.

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