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Flashers And Floaters

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Flashers & Floaters Are Usually Normal, But a Sudden Increase Could Be a Symptom of a Developing Eye Problem.

What Are Flashers and Floaters?

Have you ever noticed little spots, lines, or squiggles that seem to exist in between what you’re focusing on and where the lens of your eye is? Those are floaters.

Flashers are the result of the retina being physically manipulated, pulled, pushed, etc. This is because an electrical pulse, similar to one generated when light stimulates the retina, is sent to the brain as a result of the physical stimulation.

Many people experience flashers before severe headaches or migraines.

What Causes Floaters?

In common terminology, floaters are tiny clumps of material that float about in the fluid inside your eyes, coming between the light entering your pupil and the retina at the back of your eye, and appear as shadows.

Most of the time, floaters are few and far between and a completely natural occurrence within your eyes. However, if a sudden rise of floaters appears in your vision, this can be the sign of anything from an eye infection to a serious condition such a retinal tear or retinal detachment.

Important Information to Know:

When Should You Consider Your Floaters/Flashers Abnormal?

Everyone experiences floaters or flashers every now and then. Most of the time, they are annoying but more or less ignored.

However, if you are experiencing a sudden onset of eye floaters or flashers, it may be indicative of a different conditions:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Diabetes
  • CMV Retinitis
  • A developing eye condition

Next Steps

Are You Concerned About Your Eye Floaters or Flashers? Come Talk to Us.

We will perform an in-depth eye exam to rule out potential causes. If there is a physical cause, we will find it using our cutting-edge optical equipment.