What are Flashes & Floaters?
Floaters are dark specks in the form of dots, circles, or lines that appear to move across your field of vision. They are most noticeable when you are looking at a light-coloured background, and seem to move when you look in different directions.
Flashes look like flashing lights or lightning streaks in your field of vision. They commonly appear in your peripheral vision and typically only affect 1 eye at a time.
What Causes Flashes & Floaters
Floaters are tiny clumps of material that float around the fluid inside your eyes, called the vitreous. They come between the light entering your pupil and the retina, casting shadows onto your field of vision.
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 an early sign of a more serious condition.
The gel-like fluid inside your eye can sometimes pull or push on the retina, depending on a varying range of issues. However, as the vitreous pushes and pulls, your brain will see those motions as quick flashes of light.
An example of what flashes look like is to close your eyes and gently rub across the eyelid. The grey-white lights seen are what flashes look like.
When are Flashes & Floaters Serious?
Sometimes, a sudden flurry of flashes will appear in your eyes and will decrease after about 10 minutes, followed by a severe headache. These types of flashes are known as migraine flashes, and are harmless to your vision, albeit uncomfortable.
However, if you get a sudden series of flashes with a corresponding rise in floaters in your vision, contact Vision Care Centre for an emergency exam, as this could be symptomatic of a retinal tear.
If part of your vision blacks out, but you can still “see” flashes, this may be an eye emergency, and an immediate appointment is recommended.
At Vision Care Centre, we are here to help protect and preserve your vision.
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When I started the program, I had trouble focusing and sitting and doing my work. Since I started the 36 week program, this has changed. I focused on getting better grades than I did in grade 2 (now in grade 3). I have got A’s in all subjects this year. Now I can sit and do my work, I am able to focus and I am not always looking around the room at other things. I used to need a ruler to read, now I don’t and I can read better and faster than I used to. I am doing great and have learned a lot through this experience.
I am so thankful for encountering Dr. Ramesh who truly cares about her patients. Back in 2015 when I brought my daughter in for the first time, I was hysterical and scared. I was afraid that her eye will never stop turning in and that she would need surgery to fix the lazy eye.
Dr. Ramesh explained to me like no other doctor ( and I’ve brought my daughter to several specialists) what exactly is happening and what can be done to fix the problem. Anna is only 3 years old, we worked persistently with her to the point where now she is able to have great control of her eye. I cannot believe we went from her eye constantly turning in to barely noticing it now. Thank you so much for caring and all of your encouragement and support. You are not only an amazing doctor, but also and amazing person!