Floaters and Flashes
You may sometimes see small specks or clouds that
move through your peripheral vision. These are called floaters. They are often more prominent
when looking at a bright background such as a white wall or a computer screen. Vitreous is
the clear gel-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. Floaters are actually small particles
within this vitreous gel.
As we grow older, the vitreous gel can break down
into more floating particles and can pull away from the inside surface of the eye, causing a
posterior vitreous detachment. When this occurs, flashing lights can be seen. This represents
pulling of the vitreous on the retina, which may cause a retinal tear or detached retina.
If you experience an increase in floaters or any flashing lights, please see one of our eye
physicians as soon as possible. A torn retina can be treated effectively with retinal
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