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Floaters And Flashers

Connecticut Retina Consultants

Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists located in New Haven, CT & Fairfield County, CT

Floaters and flashes mar your vision and can sometimes indicate a serious concern that needs immediate attention. At Connecticut Retina Consultants, with locations in New Haven, Hamden, Madison, Trumbull, and Fairfield, Connecticut, the expert team of ophthalmologists evaluates these vision changes and provides treatment to clear up your vision. Call to set up an appointment to have your floaters and flashes checked and resolved.

Floaters and Flashers Q & A

What are floaters?

Floaters are clumps of cells, pigment, or a gel matrix that float inside the central cavity of the eye. You may notice these floaters as small specks or clouds moving in and out of your vision.

You notice them most prominently when you look at a white background, and they may appear as a swarm of insects. They really do “float” and move when you attempt to focus on them.

What causes floaters?

Floaters are often benign, especially if you’ve been aware of them for some time. However, if you experience a “shower” of new floaters, it could indicate a:

  • New retinal tear
  • Vitreous hemorrhage
  • Posterior vitreous detachment
  • Inflammation of the eye

If you’re concerned by floaters, call Connecticut Retina Consultants for an evaluation.

How are floaters treated?

Benign floaters aren’t usually treated. Even if these visual impairments were caused by a posterior vitreous detachment without a retinal tear, the floaters typically “settle” out of the line of vision over several weeks to months. Severe floaters caused by a vitreous hemorrhage that don’t clear after several months and prevent you from seeing can be removed surgically by pars plana vitrectomy.

What are flashes?

Flashes are the experience of brief sensations that appear to be bright lights, even taking the shape of lightning bolts, at the edge of vision. Flashes are usually noticed all the way to one side and are more prominent in the dark or when going from a well-lighted area to a darker area.

What causes flashes?

The experience of flashing lights, especially in conjunction with new floaters, can be an indication of a posterior vitreous detachment, retinal tear, or retinal detachment. The flashing lights represent the release of an electrical signal from the nerve tissue of the retina when there’s pulling on the retina from a vitreous gel that’s separating from the retina. Any experience of these flashes should be reported to the experts at Connecticut Retina Consultants.

How are flashes treated?

You undergo a dilated eye exam with a careful assessment of the far peripheral edge of the retina. This is where most retinal tears occur. If no retinal tear or retinal detachment is found, then no treatment is usually indicated. The doctors ask you to monitor your condition and to watch for recurrent flashes or the emergence of new floaters, which indicate the need to return to the office.

If you’re experiencing floaters or flashes, consult Connecticut Retina Consultants immediately. Call one of the five convenient locations today.