Flashes and Floaters

 

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For all eye related issues, Dr. Moshe Yalon & the team at the Hallandale Eye Center are here to help get your vision back in focus!

Floaters

Symptoms:

Sometimes you’ll start to experience small, shadowy shapes moving across your line of sight. The shapes seem to move as your eyes move. They’ll seemingly drift out of your vision when you keep your eyes still. These shapes may look like specks, dots, circles, cobwebs or squiggly lines. These are known as Floaters. The good news is that those Floaters don’t usually cause vision problems

Cause:

Eye floaters are specks of material that float around inside your eye. A jelly-like fluid (vitreous) fills the inside of your eye, which is normally clear. It allows light to pass through to tissues at the back of the eye (retina).

Your vitreous can start to shrink and become stringy normally as you age. Strands of material may start to float around inside the eye. They come from clumps of cells, blood, or other materials. These objects cast shadows on the retina and show up as Eye Floaters.

Sometimes floaters appear along with flashes. (See Below)

Treatment:

Our specialists will determine whether your floaters are a normal part of aging or a warning sign of more serious eye problems. We’ll likely dilate your pupils, and then use a special scope called a slit lamp to look inside your eye to see if your vision is in danger.  (In rare cases a vitrectomy may be required,this process includes removing the vitreous and replacing it with a saltwater solution.)

Contact us right away if:

  • You have a sudden increase in floaters or flashes that interferes with your vision.

  • Your vision suddenly changes or you're experiencing pain in your eyes.

Flashes

Symptoms:

Flashes look like bright streaks of light, usually occurring at the edge of your vision. You may also be seeing bursts of light, flashing lights, or lightning streaks. Those are either Paparazzi or inner eye Flashes, sometimes referred to as "stars."

Cause:

Flashes result when your vitreous pulls on your retina, and could be a warning sign of a torn or detached retina.

Treatment:

This is a serious condition that requires emergency treatment to prevent permanent vision loss, so if you’re experiencing flashes of light, call the Hallandale Eye Center at 954.457.7445 to immediately schedule an exam.  Dr. Yalon and our team of eye doctors service patients all across South Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and beyond.

Contact us right away if:

  • You have a sudden increase in floaters or flashes that interferes with your vision.

  • Your vision suddenly changes or you're experiencing pain in your eyes.

 
 

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