Flashes & Floaters

In most cases these phenomenon are harmless, and don’t require any treatment.

Flashes of light or black floaters, that look like spiders or tadpoles and move around as you move your eye, are quite commonly seen by people with normal, healthy eyes. However if they appear suddenly or are affecting your vision then you should seek medical attention.

Causes of Floaters

Floaters occur naturally as the vitreous gel within your eye thickens or shrinks with age, causing clumps or strands to form. Though they can be irritating, in most cases, floaters are completely harmless.

Causes of Flashers

As the vitreous ‘gel’ within your eye shrinks, it may pull on the retina (the focusing surface at the back of your eye) and this can cause these flashes of light in your vision to occur.

**In some cases, the shrinking vitreous gel can cause a tear in the retina or even detach the retina. This is usually accompanied by a sudden increase in floaters, and sometimes flashes in your vision as well. If you encounter any of these symptoms see an eye specialist immediately.

Treatment

In most cases these phenomenon are harmless, and don’t require any treatment. However, if you suffer from floaters that seriously affect your vision, they can be removed with a vitrectomy – surgery to remove some or all of the vitreous humour from the eye. Retinal detachment, on the other hand, is a serious condition, and retinal detachment surgery should be carried out as a matter of urgency by a skilled surgeon.

To find out more about this condition and how we can help please contact us.

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