In the world of eye health, flashes and floaters most certainly need attention, especially if you experience them together or if there are changes in your flashes or floaters.
It’s important to educate yourself so you can identify a problem if there is one, and make an urgent appointment to see Dr. Toor for a comprehensive eye exam and a treatment plan.
At Opal Optometry, Dr. Toor draws on his experience in combination with the latest technology to take the best possible care of your eyes. If you’re experiencing flashes or floaters, our high-tech fundus camera can be used to visualize and photograph the fundus – the back interior lining of the eyeball, including the retina, optic disc, and macula.
Fundus photography is one of the most valuable tests Dr. Toor uses because of its ability to proactively detect and monitor serious eye conditions like retinal holes or detachment.
Floaters are shadows of cells and fibres inside the vitreous (“gel”) portion of the eye. These shadows are interpreted by your brain as tiny dark spots, specks, patches, or lines that “float” across your field of vision.
Floaters are often associated with:
On their own, floaters aren’t usually a serious health concern. You should, however, pay attention to the size, shape, and number of floaters, as well as their general activity. If you notice any changes or increase in floaters, come visit Dr. Toor for an urgent assessment, just to be sure the floaters aren’t related to a serious eye condition.
If floaters are accompanied by flashes, it could be a sign of a retinal detachment, which may lead to vision loss.
Flashes appear as bursts of light. It’s a similar experience to “seeing stars” like you would after a hit to the head. It happens when there’s traction, pulling, or tugging on your retina, which your brain interprets as light.
Flashes could mean there is retinal hole, tear, or detachment, which could lead to blindness if left untreated. That’s why it’s important to visit Opal Optometry right away if you notice any bursts of of light or star-like visions, especially if it happens suddenly.
Flashes of light always warrant a visit to the optometrist.
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