What are eye floaters and flashes?
Abnormal objects in your vision field, such as specks, lines, or clouds, are referred to as floaters. Floaters are actually small clumps of vitreous gel, which is the fluid that fills the middle of the eye between the lens and the retina. Flashes, which are similar to the lights you may see after standing up too quickly or being hit in the head, occur when the vitreous gel rubs on the retina. Eye floaters and flashes are very common and are not necessarily a cause for alarm, but if you are experiencing them, then it is important to be evaluated by a professional. Contact our friendly team at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center, and schedule a comprehensive eye exam at our location in Boca Raton, FL.
Diagnosis and treatment of floaters and flashes
Floaters and flashes may be caused by normal aging of the eye or a recent vision surgery. A sudden increase in floaters and flashes could be a more serious problem and should be evaluated by an eye professional. Other possible causes of floaters and flashes include:
- A release of blood cells from the retina
- Vitreous detachment
- Eye inflammation
- Retinal tear or detachment
Severe myopia (nearsightedness) is a risk factor for flashes and floaters and retinal tear or detachment. Should the cause of your floaters and flashes be a retinal tear or detachment, immediate medical attention is required. Your treatment options will be discussed after a thorough exam and a diagnosis is made.
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Seek help for vision concerns
While the majority of floaters and flashes will go away on their own, it is important to seek prompt attention for any changes in your vision. Our experienced specialists at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center offer the latest in technology for diagnosing and treating all manner of concerns related to eye health. If you have had an increase in floaters and flashes in Deerfield Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Delray, Parkland, or Pompano, then contact our friendly team in Boca Raton, FL to schedule your comprehensive eye exam.