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Floaters are deposits of various size, shape, consistency, within the eye's vitreous humour. The perception of floaters is known as myodesopsia.

Floaters and Flashes: What They Mean for Your Eye Health

Have you ever noticed tiny specks drifting across your field of vision, or sudden flashes of light that aren’t caused by anything in your environment? These phenomena, known as floaters and flashes, are quite common. While they’re usually harmless, they can sometimes be a sign of serious eye conditions. At Henderson Eye Care, we believe in educating our patients about these symptoms and the importance of regular eye exams.

Understanding Floaters in Eye

Floaters are small spots or specks that float across your field of vision. They often appear as black or gray specks, strands, or cobwebs that drift around when you move your eyes. Most people start to see floaters in the eye as they get older, and they are usually not a cause for concern. 

Floaters occur when the vitreous, a jelly-like substance inside your eyes, starts to liquefy with age. This process can cause tiny clumps to form, casting shadows on your retina that appear as floaters. 

Flashing Lights in Your Vision

Flashes, on the other hand, look like flickers or streaks of light. They’re often seen in the periphery of your vision. Flashes occur when the vitreous tugs on the retina, stimulating the photoreceptor cells that respond to light.

Like floaters, flashes are often benign and can result from aging. However, a sudden increase in flashes could be a sign of a retinal detachment, a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.

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When to Seek Help

While occasional floaters in eye and flashes are typically harmless, sudden changes in their frequency or appearance should not be ignored. If you notice a sudden increase in floaters, flashes, or a shadow or curtain over your field of vision, you should seek immediate medical attention. These could be signs of a retinal detachment, a serious condition that can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated promptly. 

How Henderson Eye Care Can Help

At Henderson Eye Care, we’re committed to providing comprehensive eye care to our patients. Our eye exams include a thorough check for any signs of eye diseases or conditions, including those that may cause floaters or flashes. 

If you’re experiencing an increase in floaters in eye or flashes, Dr. Pamela R. Henderson will conduct a thorough examination to determine the cause and recommend appropriate treatment options. We offer a range of services to treat various eye conditions and improve your eye health.

Floaters and flashes are common, especially as we age. While they’re usually harmless, it’s important to be aware of what they mean for your eye health. If you notice any changes in the frequency or appearance of floaters in eye or flashes, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Henderson Eye Care. We’re here to help protect your vision and maintain your eye health.