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Floaters & Flashes

Floaters & Flashes - Symptoms

Floaters & Flashes - Diagnosis

Floaters & Flashes - Treatments

Floaters and flashes usually do not lead to serious complications. However, new floaters, flashes and visual field loss (dark shadow blocking a part of your vision), should be evaluated promptly by an ophthalmologist to exclude dangerous conditions such as retinal tears and retinal detachments, as these can damage vision. Timely treatment with a laser, or surgery in severe cases, can help to prevent blindness.

The most common cause of floaters and flashes due to vitreous gel degeneration does not require specific treatment. Although laser and vitrectomy surgery are possible, these procedures do not always remove all floaters, and have potential risks, and so are rarely performed.  The effect of floaters can be minimised by wearing dark glasses when you are out in the bright sunlight or when you are looking at a brightly lit surface. Flashes usually disappear with time.

Floaters & Flashes - Preparing for surgery

Floaters & Flashes - Post-surgery care

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