WHAT ARE FLOATERS? WHAT ARE FLASHES?
Floaters are spots in the vision caused by degeneration of the vitreous humor, which is a jelly fluid that fills the back of the eye and is attached to the retina. Flashes of light happen when the vitreous separates from the retina. The flashes may appear as arcs of light, or like light bulbs turning on and off in your vision.
SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT FLOATERS OR FLASHES?
Floaters and flashes may indicate a retinal tear or a retinal detachment is occurring. You should seek immediate care by a retina specialist if you experience new floaters or flashes of light in either eye.
WILL FLASHES AND FLOATER GO AWAY ON THEIR OWN?
New floaters and flashes should always be evaluated by a retina specialist because they are symptoms of a potential retinal tear or retinal detachment.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS FOR FLOATERS AND FLASHES?
Your doctor will look carefully for signs of a retinal tear or retinal detachment. Treatment may include close monitoring, laser procedures, or surgery.