Many people see eye floaters and flashes in their field of vision, especially when looking at a plain surface. Usually, they are harmless but, at times, they can indicate an eye condition.
In this post, your certified opticians from Vision Care Associates discusses what eye floaters and flashes are.
Eye Floaters and Eye Flashes
Floaters appear like tiny specks, circles and lines in your field of vision while flashes look like flashing lights. They are clusters of gel or cells in the vitreous humor. It allows light to enter the eye from the lens. The vitreous communicates with the retina, the part of the eye responsible for taking in images. The information is then sent to the brain through the optic nerve.
As your eyes move, so do floaters and what you see are the shadows they cast on the retina, though they seem to go away when you try to focus on them. The vitreous shrinks as you age and becomes more stringy. Many people experience vitreous shrinkage with floaters by the time they reach 60. This is more common on individuals over the age of 80.
Those who are nearsighted, have had cataract surgery or eye injury and diabetics tend to see more floaters. Floaters are tolerable for most people but for some, floaters can affect their reading ability. Immediately seek the help of your eye doctor if floaters are giving you discomfort or disrupting your daily activities. For optical services, you can count on Vision Care Associates.
When You Should Be Worried
Posterior vitreous detachment normally doesn’t harm your vision. It’s when the vitreous pulls away from the back of the eye.
A sudden increase of floaters can indicate retinal disease. Around one in six people experience retinal tear due to posterior vitreous detachment. Once the fluid in the eye seeps through the tear, it can cause the retina to drift away from its nourishing tissues. Other symptoms of retinal tears include gradual vision shading and poor central vision.
Visit your eye doctor if you’re experiencing retinal tear symptoms. Early detection and treatment can prevent retinal detachment. At Vision Care Associates, we are your local provider of emergency eye care services. Call us at (304) 315-6055 or schedule an appointment online. We assist patients in Parkersburg, WV.