Floaters and flashes are used to describe something that occurs in your field of vision. If you notice a spot that remains when you look around, then you probably have a floater. If you notice a flash of light, often described as seeing stars, then you are experiencing flashes.
What Causes Floaters and Flashes?
The vitreous is the clear gel that fills the human eye. Floaters and flashes occur when this gel begins to change. It rubs against or pulls on the retina, causing the visual effects described above. This is a common age-related change, but it can also indicate an underlying health condition.
Should I Be Concerned?
Floaters and flashes are usually not a cause for concern. Although, you should contact an ophthalmologist if you experience new flashes of light or if a floater is obstructing your field of vision. There are also other warning signs that may come with flashes and floaters including:
- Diminished vision or a total loss of sight
- Shadows appear in your side vision (peripheral)
- A dark curtain shows up across your field of vision
If you notice these or any other unexplained changes, seek medical advice immediately. An ophthalmologist can examine your eyes and provide a diagnosis and treatment. It is best to act fast to avoid further damage to your eyesight. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Bloomfield Hills office today for an appointment.