Flashes Of Light And Floaters

Flashes Of Light And Floaters

When we are born, the back of our eyes are filled with a jelly-like substance known as vitreous gel. As we get older, this jelly turns into a more water-like substance. When patients reach their 50s and 60s, the vitreous gel pulls away from the retina and can create what people commonly refer to as flashes of light and floaters. Most commonly, patients complain of a "little black spot" floating around their vision. This is small remaining pieces of the vitreous gel floating around in water.

More concerning are flashes of light in the vision. Though this may be benign, it may also signal a tear in the retina or a retinal detachment. Please do not hesitate to call us and come in to be seen if you are seeing flashes of light and floaters.

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