Flashes and Floaters

I have things floating across my vision. What can I do to reduce these floaters?
Understanding Flashes and Floaters in Vision

It is quite common that at some point in your life you will experience flashes and floaters. Although mostly associated with the aging eyes it can happen for a variety of reasons even for younger people. Flashes and floaters consist of small spots or specks, sometimes even looking like molecular strands floating over your vision. Floaters are more routinely seen on illuminated backgrounds. Flashes of light may also be associated with floaters or may occur separately. Most of the time flashes and floaters are related to the jelly-like substance called vitreous which fills approximately 80% percent of the eye. When we get older, the vitreous fluid undergoes an aging process where this substance becomes more liquid and less jelly-like. The floaters are basically protein deposits that have formed within the vitreous fluid.

The sudden onset of flashes or floaters can be an important warning signal of impeding problems. Approximately 1 in 10 people who develop the abrupt onset of prominent floaters or light flashes in an eye will be found to have a retinal tear. This retinal tear can be detected in a dilated eye exam.

Seriousness of Floaters

Floaters can be a serious problem, however; in most cases the problems are not serious. Please consult our eye doctor directly before trying to diagnose the severity of this condition. If you are seeking a Cleveland flashes and floaters eye care physician please complete our website contact form and we can arrange an appointment.


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