You may notice spots or what looks like cobwebs floating through your field of vision. You might notice squiggly lines or strings floating by. For some people, flashes in their vision are a recurring problem, while others experience both floaters and flashes. At Eye-Site of Boynton Beach, our optometrists can determine the cause of these visual disturbances and provide you with the appropriate eye care needed to monitor and treat the condition.
Flashes and Floaters Defined
Eye floaters are spots in your vision that may look like cobwebs, specks, strings, or lines. You will notice that they tend to drift, especially when you move your eyes and try to focus on them. Flashes, on the other hand, occur when you see a bright light that dims quickly suddenly.
The Causes of Flashes and Floaters
You have vitreous fluid inside of your eyes. As you age, the gel-like fluid shrinks. It may start to contain small, hardened pieces of gel. These hardened parts may pass over your macula, which allows you to be able to see them.
A posterior vitreous detachment can cause flashes of light in your vision. It tends to arise as you get older and occurs when your vitreous humor detaches from your retina. This can cause flashes if it happens too quickly, and you will usually notice the flashes in the corner of your eye. These issues can also cause floaters. Retinal detachment is another issue that can contribute to both floaters and flashes. It occurs when your retina detaches and moves toward the back of your eye.
Diagnosing the Problem
First and foremost, you will need to schedule an eye care appointment with one of our optometrists. The eye doctor will ask you questions about the frequency and duration of the floaters and flashes. We will also want to know when they started. In addition, the eye doctor will inquire about any other recent changes in your vision. The eye doctor will conduct an eye exam to inspect the inside of your eye using a specialized magnifying tool. The eye exam allows us to look into your eye and see your retina and other portions of your eye.
This depends on the cause of your issue. You may need stronger glasses to correct the vision deficit. Our eye doctor may recommend you to see a specialist to treat any underlying conditions like diabetes that could be causing your flashes or floaters. You may also receive a referral for eye surgery.
Get Quality Eye Care in Boynton Beach, FL
Flashes and floaters can be annoying, to say the least. They can also indicate an eye problem. If you live in or around Boynton Beach and you are experiencing flashes or floaters, call our team at Eye-Site of Boynton Beach today at (561) 738-0111 to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists.