Eye Floaters and Flashes

  • Get your eyes checked at Curtis Vision if you have flashes or floaters

    Eye flashes and floaters are common and tend to appear as people age. Floaters are shadow-like spots or blobs that appear in your vision, while flashes are brief streaks of light that resemble lightning. If you notice an increase in either, it's important to get a comprehensive eye exam to rule out any serious eye conditions.

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  • What are eye flashes and floaters?


    Eye Flashes can be caused by Migraine, a Posterior Vitreous Detachment or worse a Retinal Detachment.

    Eye Floaters can be caused by age, eye injuries, inflamed eyes, retinal tears or detachments or bleeding in the eye.


    Eye flashes and floaters can both be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye test at Curtis Vision.


    Eye Flashes

    Treatment varies entirely on the underlying cause of your eye flashes.

    No Treatment - In some cases flashes may go away on their own and there is no need for treatment.

    Medication - Where flashes are a result of migraines, medication can be used to control the symptoms and prevent further episodes.

    Laser Therapy - In some cases laser therapy may be required to reduce the frequency of eye flashes.

    Eye Floaters

    Eye floaters are usually not harmful and don’t require any treatment. However, in some cases where they cause significant vision disturbances your optometrist may refer you for surgery or other treatments with an eye specialist.

    Vitrectomy - This procedure involves the removal of the vitreous humor and replaces it with a saline solution.

    Laser Therapy - This involves directing a laser beam at the floaters to break them up into smaller less noticeable pieces.

    Important Note

    It is important to discuss any concerns with your optometrist to help determine the best course of action. It is especially important if you experience both flashes and floaters as this can be a sign of a more serious condition such as a retinal tear.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you prevent eye floaters?
    There is no way to prevent eye floaters, however taking care of your eyes and getting regular eye exams can reduce the risk of developing serious eye conditions.

    Are eye flashes dangerous?
    Eye flashes themselves are not dangerous but can be a sign of a more serious eye condition such as retinal detachment.

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  • We recommend that you have a routine comprehensive eye examination every two years to ensure your eye health and that any necessary optical correction is updated or provided for your daily needs.  Request an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination today!
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