Vision Centre
Southport and Robina
Gold Coast  Queensland  Australia

Floaters and Flashes

Infrequent Distractions ... Or?

  Floater is the word used to describe specks or particles suspended in the vitreous that drift across the visual axis. It varies for everyone but they often appear as dust-like particles, cobwebs, thread-like strands, shadows or flashes.

Floaters and Flashes

Floaters and Flashes

  Vitreous is a fluid which maintains the shape of the eye much like a balloon.

  Because floaters can move in the vitreous as the eye moves, they may appear to dart away when the patient tries to look at them. If these particles are large or clump together they can interfere with vision, though most are hardly noticeable or only enter the visual axis occasionally.

  In most cases floaters are a normal part of ageing as the vitreous shrinks and pulls away particles as it does.  Floaters can also be caused by certain injuries, eye disease or deterioration of the eye structures.

  A sudden increase in the number or size of floaters, a shower of floaters over the vision or the appearance of floaters when there were none before can be symptoms of a retinal detachment. Patient's experiencing any of these symptoms should have a consultation with a specialist ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

  Please Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with such a procedure you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Floaters and Flashes

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