Many people experience the naturally occurring vision phenomena known as eye flashes & floaters. These are characteristic of the aging process and are not considered medical problems in most cases. In fact, seven out of every 10 of us will experience these symptoms in our lifetimes at some point.
Eye flashes occur when the thickened vitreous gel pulls and rubs on the retina. The rubbing causes a visual effect resembling light flickers or lightning streaks. Flashes can come and go for a few weeks or months, and they frequently fade over time. Some commoncauses include:
As your eyes age, their translucent gel thickens or shrinks, producing particles referred to as floaters. The particles block light from passing through your eye and cast shadows on the retina.
The shadows are called floaters. While common and usually not a problem, they may also may be an indication that something serious is happening. Floaters are frequently created by:
Dr. Schottenstein uses the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest quality treatment available for flashes & floaters. Please contact our Ophthalmology team today at 212-874-2300 to schedule an appointment. Whether you are one of our many current patients or are just interested in exploring options, we are happy to answer your questions.