What are flashes and floaters?

Flashes and floaters are both signs of the change in the gel (called vitreous) in the back of your eye.

“Flashes” of light can occur when the vitreous pulls on the retina.

“Floaters” are small specks, dots, or cobweb-like shapes that seem to float in a person’s visual field. Floaters are most often caused by normal aging in the vitreous. As we age, the vitreous beings to break down and clump together in our eyes.

New flashes and/or floaters can be a sign that the vitreous is changing rapid. In some patients, this can lead to a retinal hole, retinal tear, retinal bleed, or detachment. 

Here is a link to an article featuring Dr. Esparaz discussing floaters.

If you are experiencing new flashes and floaters, don’t wait. Please give us a call today at 440-291-3051! 

Your vision and time are as important to us as they are to you! 

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