Once you see a floater in your vision, it’s almost impossible not to see it for a few moments as it bobs around your field of vision. Though most people experience a floater or a flasher occasionally, if you see them frequently or have many of them at the same time, it could be a sign of a severe eye condition. Schedule an appointment with Todd Bragin, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist practicing in Lynbrook, New York, if you’re concerned about floaters or flashers. Call his practice, or book online today.
Maybe you rubbed your eyes too vigorously, and you saw a flash of light. Or, perhaps after hours of staring at your computer screen at work, a grey speck or web floats across your vision.
Floaters and flashers are common eye phenomena that are usually harmless, but can also be a warning sign of a more serious eye condition.
Floaters are tiny clumps of cells that form in the vitreous gel inside your eye. Though the floater might look like it’s in front of your eye, what you’re actually seeing is the shadow created as the floater blocks light on your retina. You may notice more floaters as you age, and your vitreous naturally thickens and shrinks.
Flashers might appear as streaks or starbursts in your vision. They’re often due to your vitreous fluid pushing or pulling on your retina.
Everyone has a floater or a flasher from time to time. However, if you suddenly see a shower of floaters or if you start to have frequent flashers, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Bragin right away as it could be a sign of a torn or detached retina, which could lead to blindness.
Both floaters and flashers are linked to age-related changes in your eye, and it’s normal to notice more of them as you age. However, a variety of eye health problems can cause an increase in floaters and flashers.
For example, floaters and flashers are also caused by:
Your risk of developing floaters and flashers increases as you age. Also, if you are nearsighted, have diabetes, or have a history of eye trauma or surgery, you’re more likely to experience floaters or flashers.
Dr. Bragin provides a comprehensive exam to identify the cause of your floaters and flashers and determine how serious your condition is before recommending customized treatment. Depending on your specific situation, Dr. Bragin may suggest laser treatments to either break up the floaters or repair your retina.
If you’re concerned about floaters and flashers, call Dr. Bragin, or make an appointment online today.