Flashes and Floaters

Floaters

The jelly inside your eye (known as vitreous) has tiny particles ‘floating’ in it which you may notice from time to time. As you get older these floaters sometimes become more noticeable and can grow in numbers.


Anyone noticing a sudden increase in floaters should make an appointment with an optometrist as soon as possible.

Flashes

When your retina (the structure at the back of the eye which catches the light) is disturbed a perceived flash of light can result. This usually occurs when the vitreous it is attached to pulls on the cells of the retina. This can indicate the start of a retinal tear or detachment.

Anyone experiencing flashes of light or ‘halos’ around bright objects should urgently see their optometrist for further investigation.

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