Floaters & Flashes
The middle of the eye is filled with a clear fluid called vitreous, which is similar to jell-o. With age this fluid can liquefy causing debris to float freely called floaters.
At times, this detachment can pull some of the retina with it, creating a flash of light or lightening bolt. This could develop into a retinal detachment, which could be treated if caught within 48 hours.
One to a few floaters is normal, but increased numbers and associated flashes can indicate a tear. Sometimes patients refer to these floaters as “cob-webs” or “strings” in their vision.
Why it’s Important to Get Regular Eye Exams
Comprehensive eye exams often are the first way chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes are detected. Regular eye exams are the best way to ensure eye health and maintaining your best vision possible. They also check for diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.