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What Causes Flashers and Floaters and What Can Be Done About Them

Have you seen something drifting across your eyes? Or have you experienced flashes in your eyes that closely resemble a camera flash? If so, you may have experienced either a floater, flashes or both. While floaters or flashes may turn out to be harmless, you should be aware of the symptoms, possible causes and potential treatments for them. The earlier you notice any symptoms and seek treatment, the better your odds are for preserving your eye health.

Eye floaters and flashers are spots in your vision. According to the researchers at Harvard Medical School, many people experience these specs or threads that may cross your line of vision. Floaters and flashes may be harmless, but it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the causes.

Common causes of floaters and flashers

Common causes include age-related changes inside your eyes. As we age, we may experience detachment of the vitreous, or the gel that fills your eye, from the retina. Other causes of floaters can be near-sightedness, or possibly an injury to the eye. Blood leaks or hemorrhages from a tiny vessel in your retina could be another source of floaters. 

Infection or inflammation may also cause of floaters or flashes in your eyes. In rare instances, an eye tumor may be the culprit. All of these are reasons to see your eye doctor if you are noticing any floaters or flashes.

Treatment for flashers and floaters

If you are experiencing a new onset of floaters and flashes, you should consult your eye doctor right away. This may be a sign that something is wrong with your eyes. Flashes, for example, are considered more serious than floaters. This is because they may be an indication of movement of your retina due to tugging or tearing.

 If detected early, your eye specialist has several treatment options to help heal your eyes. For example, if you have a mild tear in your retina, your treatment options are better early on, before a tear turns into a retinal detachment.

One treatment option is to use pinpoints of laser light to fuse the retina to the back of the eye. A procedure, known as cryopexy will also have the same result. Finally, if a tear turns into a detachment, the injection of a gas bubble into the eye may be used to repair the detached retina.

If you are experiencing floaters and flashers, especially if you have never experienced them before, give the experts at Accent Vision Specialists a call today. They can help you determine if your floaters or flashers are harmless or if you need treatment. Your eyes will thank you for it.

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