Flashes and Floaters

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What are floaters?

The vitreous is a jelly-like substance that adheres to the retina. As we get older, the vitreous shrinks in size and pulls away from the retina. We call this a posterior vitreous detachment. This shrinkage of the vitreous can cause flashes of light and floaters.

Diagram of flashes and floaters.

Sometimes, the vitreous pulls too hard on the retina and causes a tear in the retina. A retinal tear can lead to a retinal detachment.

Next steps…

See your eye specialist to determine what the cause of the Flashes and Floaters are.

If a retinal tear is found on examination, this should be treated with either laser therapy or cryopexy right away to help prevent a retinal detachment.

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