What causes flashes and floaters?

Flashes and floaters are both eye conditions that can affect your vision and impact your daily life. There is liquid behind the eye called the vitreous. Over time it gets thicker and thicker until it starts to shrink and form strings. These strings can stick together and float in front of your line of vision – which is a flash or floater. They come with age and they can go away over time, but they don't always go away on their own. Sometimes surgery is necessary.

They can be a sign of a more serious disease like retinal detachment. If you have flashes or floaters that are bothering you, then come into our office and our ophthalmologists will make sure they aren't a symptom of something more serious. If they are not a more serious disease, then you can choose your treatment.

What do they look like?

Eye flashes make bright lights look blurry and expanded. They can look like flashes of light or lightning streaks. If you're driving at night and someone is driving toward you with their headlights on, then the lights could blur together or look like streaks across your eye.

Eye floaters look like little pieces of material that occasionally drift into your line of vision. You’ll notice them when your eyes stop moving – they seem to dart out of the way when you try to look at them directly. As they progress it will look like more and more pieces are gathering in your eye.

How do you fix them?

When you visit your ophthalmology office, your ophthalmologist will conduct a thorough eye exam to learn more about your eye condition. In many cases, our Las Vegas eye surgeons go in with a laser and break up the strands. During this procedure, which takes about 15 minutes, we’ll dilate your eyes to open them up. We will then use a high-powered laser light to target the strands. The laser does not damage the eyes or vision, but it works very quickly to break up the floaters. After the procedure, you’ll be able to go back to doing the things you need to with no downtime.

Your vision will be back to normal! They can go away on their own, but if they are bothering you or not going away, then the laser treatment is a simple outpatient procedure.

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