Floaters and flashes are more common than you think. They happen to many people, and you probably only notice them when you’re staring at a blank wall, a blue sky or anything plain.
Basically, floaters look like dots or specks while flashes resemble streaks in your field of vision. They’re usually harmless, and they fade or go away after some time.
Insight Vision Center Optometry, a trusted expert at eye care and vision therapy, shares more information about floaters and flashes.
What Are Floaters and Flashes?
Floaters appear in your field of vision due to the tiny clumps of gels or cells inside the vitreous that fills your eye. When these clumps cast shadows on your retina or when the vitreous pulls away from the back of the eye (a condition called posterior vitreous detachment), you see floaters in the form of dots, specks, lines or threads.
This typically happens to those who are nearsighted, those who have had inflammation inside the eye and those who have undergone surgery for cataracts.
Flashes, on the other hand, are described as flashing lights or lightning streaks. They’re common among older people, and they occur when the vitreous pulls or rubs on the retina.
When Do They Become a Cause for Concern?
Posterior vitreous detachment isn’t usually a cause for concern. However, there are times when floaters and flashes may indicate a more serious problem. If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment with your eye doctor immediately.
Onset of new floaters and flashes
A shadow in your peripheral vision
A gradual shading of vision from one side like a gray curtain being drawn or covering part of your vision
A rapid decline in central vision
It’s important to have a reliable and trustworthy doctor to ensure quality eye care. Insight Vision Center Optometry provides excellent services, and we also offer vision therapy. Call us at (714) 988-6179, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, CA.