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Flashes & Floaters

Floaters—or spots—are small, semi-transparent or cloudy particles within the vitreous, which is the clear, jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. Floaters are common, benign and often become more prevalent with age.

A new floater most commonly represents the vitreous gel of the eye settling with age to form condensations we see as floaters. As the vitreous gel settles away from the retina (the inner lining of the eye), this can cause traction or tugging on the retina and lead to a retinal tear or hole. This traction on the retina is sometimes seen as a flash of light.

If you experience any significant changes in the size or number of floaters you see, see a new floater, or experience a new onset of flashes, you should be examined to rule out a retinal tear, hole or detachment.

Schedule an eye exam at Eye Care By Design now.