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We Have The Solution to your Eye Flashes and Floater Problem.

What Are 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, such as a clear blue sky or something that is stark white. Floaters come in many sizes and numbers, and they seem to move when you look in different directions.

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.

What To Do If You See A Sudden Rise In Floaters

Your Vision Care Optometrist will perform a dilated eye exam, using special drops to cause your pupil to widen. Using the most advanced diagnostic and imaging techniques and technologies, your Optometrist will determine what is causing your floaters.

Treatment may be able begin during your exam, or in serious cases, a specialist referral may be needed for things such as retinal hole/tear/detachment or diabetic retinopathy

What Are Flashes?

Flashes are flashing lights that appear in your vision without any determined source, and almost always appear to be in the periphery of your vision. Of note, they usually only occur in one eye at at time, even with both eyes closed.

What Causes Flashes?

The vitreous, the gel-like fluid inside your eye that maintains the eyeball shape, can sometimes pull or push on the retina, depending on a wildly varying range of issues. However, as the vitreous pushes and pulls, your brain will see those motions as quick flashes of light.

A perfect example of what these flashes look like is to close your eyes and gently rub across the eyelid with your eye closed. The grey-white lights seen are what flashes look like.

Important Information to Know:

When Are Flashes Signs Of Something Serious?

Sometimes a sudden flurry of flashes will appear in your eyes, and will decrease after about 10 minutes followed by severe headache. These types of flashes are known as migraine flashes, and are harmless to your vision.

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 in the blacked out area, this can also be symptomatic of a vision emergency, and an immediate emergency appointment is recommended.

Retinal tears and retinal damage more often than not will require specialist care and possibly surgery to repair.

Neuro-Visual Training Testimonials

  • Before beginning my therapy at Vision Care Centre, I frequently struggled with my vision. As a university student, reading and taking notes in lectures were a significant struggle and using my glasses caused great distress. Headaches and motion sickness were very common with and without the use of my glasses. On a routine check-up with Dr. Ramesh, I communicated my concerns and was quickly enrolled in the neuro-visual training program. My wonderful neuro-visual trainer, Kelley would provide me with comprehensive tasks that would both challenge and help me develop understanding and control of my vision. I no longer use my glasses, suffer from headaches or motion sickness and have great confidence in my vision.

    Ben M.

  • We want to thank you very much for all your hard work that went into Alicia's Neuro-Visual Therapy. It has opened Alicia's ability to do so much more both personally and in school, and what means most to us as her parent, we see how confident Alicia is in herself and in her school work. She was always falling down a lot and she always had her head tilted to one side. Now she is focused to get her tasks done on time and the best part, correctly...

    Craig and Nadine P.

  • I would like to thank you and Cristina for working with my son over the past year. They have not only trained his eyes but they provided him with a sense of confidence in his abilities. When we first came for our check up it was only mentioned on the side that his reading was regressing...We knew it had to do with some of his Chronic Lyme Treatment and we did not want things to get worse... We will be forever grateful that our son will not be another statistic of "lost kids" in the school system being medicated to manage behavioral issues which would have undoubtedly arisen the worse his eyes got.

    Sarah S.

  • Before eye therapy school was hard and not fun. School is now easy and I look forward to go to school every day. Eye therapy has helped me be more focused. Eye therapy has taught me how to read, write and learn in a different and better way. Thank you for all your help.

    Chloe T. Age 11

  • I thought overall it was a very fun and difficult experience, the people I worked with are very nice and patient people and around me that’s tough so I would like to thank you a lot it helped so much and you will hear about my achievements. Thank you.

    Nicholas F. Age 13

  • The staff at Vision Care Centre has been amazing while Nicholas has been undergoing his vision therapy. They have been incredibly patient while Nicholas was having some difficult weeks. Over the course of therapy, his focus in school has improved, his headaches have lessened and he has started scoring goals in Hockey again. We feel good and are happy with the whole experience.

    Marisa F. (Mother)

  • The 36 week eye therapy program that Hannah has completed has been a very positive experience. The main benefits have been to teach her how to focus her eyes on a specific task and to have her eyes work effectively with the rest of her body. This has improved her reading, effectiveness and focus at school and her hand eye coordination...

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  • Dear Dr. Ramesh, I am writing to thank you for your persistence and dedication to my daughter. I am so thankful for encountering such an amazing doctor who truly cares about her patients. Back in 2015 when I brought my daughter in for the first time, I was hysterical and scared...

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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.

    Hannah M. Age 9

  • Before I started Vision Therapy I would get very bad headaches while taking notes in class or studying. Because of the headaches, I wouldn't be able to study very efficiently for as long as I needed...

    Brooklyn K. Age 18 - Read More

  • Before eye therapy I could not write and did not see words properly. Sometimes the words floated around my paper. After eye therapy reading is easier. I can read in a group and follow along. It is also easier to read the board at school. Eye therapy has really helped me and now I know my b's and d's !! Thankyou

    Ella T. Age 10

  • Dr Ramesh, I cannot thank you you enough for giving both my girls the opportunity to do eye therapy. It has been wonderful to see them go from struggling to self confident. I thank you so much for what you have done for the girls. Sincerely

    Christine T. (Mother)

  • Prior to starting therapy Madison had difficulties with spatial awareness, balance, reading (re-reading), low peer interactions at school and difficulty concentrating at home and at school when doing tasks. Madison had many difficulties...

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