What are Floaters?
Are Floaters Serious?
You experience flashes of light or any vision loss accompanied by eye floaters.
You develop floaters after eye surgery or after an eye injury.
You have eye pain along with your floaters.
What are Flashes?
Are Flashes Serious?
Flashers and Floaters differ in the need of immediate medical attention. Regular occurrence of flashing is a warning that an immediate medical diagnosis by an eye specialist is needed because of the risk of the severe retinal detachment.
Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates for the surrounding eye tissue. If it is not repaired promptly it can lead to permanent loss of vision. A retinal detachment often starts with a retinal tear that allows the fluid around the to seep into the retina causing the separation from the tissue. Flashes are an indication that this may have happened. Other indications are a darkening of the areas in your peripheral vision and occasionally a heavy presence of Floaters
If you have suffered from eye trauma, have a family history of retinal detachment, have had cataract surgery, or are severely nearsighted, you may be at risk for a detached retina. It's important to pay attention to any flashers and floaters if you are at risk and to immediately see an eye doctor for an examination. Most likely an retinal tear can be caught in an early stage an more easily repaired by a simpler process of using a laser to seal the tear shut or sealing it by freezing it shut.