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Floaters & Flashes

Floaters & Flashes - What it is

Floaters are dots or lines that you may sometimes see moving or floating in your field of vision. Most cases, floaters are usually degenerated clumps of vitreous gel which is the clear gel-like substance that fills the inside of the eye. Occasionally, floaters may be tiny clumps of cells inside the vitreous gel due to bleeding or inflammation within the eye. While you may get the feeling that these spots or lines are in front of your eye, in reality they are actually floating inside it. These clumps cast shadows on the retina – the layer of cells lining the back of the eye that senses light and allows you to see – giving you the impression of floating particles in your vision.

Flashes are the sensation of flashing lights or lightning streaks in your field of vision that occur when the vitreous gel inside your eye pulls on the retina, which is a light-sensitive tissue. This may often happen when you turn or move your eyes. They can be a small flash in just one spot, or it can be several flashes across a wider area of vision.

Normal Vision - Floaters & Flashers condition treatment
Normal Vision

Vision with Floaters - Floaters & Flashers condition treatment
Vision with floaters

Vision with Flashers - Floaters & Flashers condition treatment
Vision with flashes

Floaters & Flashes - Symptoms

Floaters & Flashes - Diagnosis

Floaters & Flashes - Preparing for surgery

Floaters & Flashes - Post-surgery care

Floaters & Flashes - Other Information

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