If you’re concerned about a recent onset of flashers or floaters, or if the amount and frequency of flashers/floaters has significantly increased recently, we encourage you to visit us for a comprehensive eye exam. During the exam we will thoroughly check your eye for signs of developing eye diseases that may be related to your flashers/floaters.
A “flasher” is the result of the retina being manipulated in some fashion (ie- pulled by a muscle). When the retina is stimulated it uses electrical energy to provide sensory information to the brain. When stimulated physically (as opposed to being stimulated by light), a similar electric pulse is sent to the brain, creating the “flasher” you see in your vision.
A “floater” is the little lines/spots in your vision that seem to float in your peripheral. They move out of your central vision when you try to focus on them, seemingly jumping out of sight.
Floaters are made of small pieces of material floating in the vitreous gel inside your eye. When exposed to light, they cast a shadow on the retina- hence appearing as “floaters” in your vision.
It is normal to see floaters and flashers every now and again. For many people, headaches are precipitated by flashers.
A sudden increase in floaters or flashers may be cause for concern, and definitely needs to be checked out by an Optometrist. A sudden increase of floaters or flashers could be indicative of the a developing eye disease or an imminent ocular emergency (such as posterior vitreous detachment or even retinal detachment).
Approximately 40% of people that experience a sudden onset of floaters/flashers have posterior vitreous detachment, and approximately 9% have a torn retina.
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