What are Floaters and Flashes?
Floaters are described as small specks or tiny clumps of gel appearing in your visual field while flashes appear as light when there’s no objective stimulus. Both may occur together or separately but floaters are usually in shapes likes circles, dots, clouds, lines, or cobwebs.
Who is at Risk for Floaters and Flashes?
Experiencing flashes is a common condition when you grow old. This also happens to people who are nearsighted, had an eye injury, or have experienced cataract operations. If you observe the sudden appearance of flashes, it best to visit an ophthalmologist.
What Causes Floaters and Flashes?
There are numerous causes of floaters such as normal aging of the eye, sudden release of blood cells from the retinal blood vessels, and tearing of the retina.
In case of flashes, these may be caused by the improper stimulation of the retina.
What are the Symptoms of Floaters and Flashes?
Symptoms of floaters include seeing black shapes and lines while for eye flashes, it would be visible streaks or appearance of light.
How are Floaters and Flashes Treated?
Though floaters and flashes may fade over time, it is still recommended to see an ophthalmologist to have an eye examination and proper treatment.
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