Are Floaters and Flashes Dangerous?

Have you ever experienced something like tiny lines, shadows, shapes,  or specks that appear to be drifting in the visual field? If yes then, you have experienced floaters and flashes. While seeing floaters can be normal, frequent occurrences can be an indication of some serious problem. Keep on reading to know everything about floaters and flashes.

What are Floaters?

Floaters are small bits of debris in the interior of the eye that seems to appear when you look at something bright or white. Floaters can be described as cobwebs, bubbles, spider webs, or even ‘tadpoles’. Though people feel floaters are in front of the eye, in reality, they are floating inside. Floaters are like tiny clumps inside the vitreous that fill your eye and create a shadow on the retina.

What are Flashes?

Flashes look like lightning streaks or flashing lights in the field of vision. It usually occurs when the vitreous gel bumps, tugs, or rubs against your retina. Some might compare floaters with seeing “starts” after you hit your head on something. Flashes can come on and off for weeks. Occasional flashes are common in aging people.

What Causes Floaters?

The vitreous is a clear gel that fills most of the eyeball in the eye, it can somewhat resemble raw egg-white. Small lumps of protein move with the motion of the eyes inside the vitreous. sometimes these lums cast a shadow on the retina. These shadows are floaters. Vitreous tends to shrink with age creating more lumps of protein. That’s why aging people experience floaters more often. Besides Age, you are  most like to experience Floaters if 

  • You are nearsighted 
  • You have recently  had surgery for cataracts
  • You experienced inflammation  inside the eye
  • You are Diabetic.

What Causes Flashes?

The vitreous is a clear gel that fills most of the eyeball in the eye. As we age, the vitreous starts to shrink and clumps or strands form. When the vitreous pulls away from the back of your eye it causes “posterior vitreous detachment” (PVD). Flashes are usually caused by posterior vitreous detachment. Apart from aging Flashes can also be the result of

When To Call Your Optometrist About Floaters

If you experience any of the following symptoms, immediately make an appointment with your eye doctor.

Floaters and Flashed Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

  • Sudden onset of floaters along by flashes of any shape or size
  • Increasing floaters followed by a darkening of one side of the visual field.
  • If you see shadows in the peripheral vision
  • Whenever you see flashes.

Though floaters are not a serious issue in many cases, still, if you see the above-mentioned symptoms don’t ignore them. Any of the symptoms can indicate a serious problem like retinal detachment which can lead to vision loss.

If you are experiencing floaters and flashes and need help, feel free to contact us at Advanced Eye Clinic, our doctors are always ready and happy to help you.