When a patient sees flashes and floaters, he/she should be seen by an eye doctor to ensure that no retinal tear is developing. If a tear develops, fluid from inside the eyeball can leak through the tear under the retina. This fluid displaces the retina. This displacement is called a retinal detachment. Symptoms of a retinal detachment include flashes of light, floaters, and blurred vision. Sometimes patients will see a "curtain of blurry vision" developing over part of their vision. If a patient has the above symptoms, he/she should see his/her eyecare specialist immeadiately.
If a retinal detachment is present, we can offer our patients four treatment options: Laser retinopexy surgery, scleral buckle surgery, vitrectomy surgery, or pneumatic retinopexy surgery. Our physicians and staff are always available to give you, the patient, as much information as possible to help you decide which treatment (if any) you desire.