What are eye floaters and flashes?
Specks, lines, and small smudges in your field of vision are referred to as floaters. These abnormal images in your vision are actually tiny clusters of vitreous gel, the fluid that fills the eye, casting shadows on the retina. A similar vision phenomenon, flashes occur when the vitreous gel rubs on the retina. You might see flashes after being hit in the head or standing up quickly. While floaters and flashes are a typical vision experience, a sudden increase in these symptoms could be a sign of an underlying vision concern and should be evaluated by a vision professional. Visit West County Ophthalmology in Chesterfield or O'Fallon, MO to have a comprehensive vision exam.
How are eye floaters and flashes diagnosed and treated?
Most floaters and flashes will not require any type of treatment. However, if you have experienced a sudden burst of floaters and flashes, this could be a warning signal of retinal tear or detachment, which is a very serious vision concern and should be treated as an emergency that requires prompt medical attention. Floaters and flashes may be due to simple and normal aging of the eye. As the eye ages, the vitreous fluid inside the eye begins to shrink and causes more small particles to float through the vitreous humor.
Vision exams to alleviate concern
Occasional floaters and flashes are a normal part of everyday vision, especially as the eye ages. However, if you have noticed an increase in these abnormal images and bursts of light then please schedule a vision exam to ensure your eye health is good. Our highly trained vision professionals offer comprehensive eye care to keep your vision preserved for years to come. If you are in need of an exam to investigate floaters and flashes, then contact West County Ophthalmology.
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