Floaters & Flashes
WHAT IS IT?
Floaters and flashes are tiny lights that seem to blink through your vision and that you can never catch when you direct your focus toward them.
WHY DOES IT OCCUR?
Floaters caused by posterior vitreous detachment are more common in people who:
- Are nearsighted
- Have undergone cataract surgery
- Have had certain types of laser surgery
- Have had inflammation of the eye
HOW COMMON IS IT?
Almost everyone sees floaters at some time, but they can occur more frequently and become more noticeable as we get older.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
A complete eye examination is important to identify if floaters or flashes are an indication of a more serious problem. You should contact your doctor when:
- You see floaters for the first time
- You notice an increase in the number or size of floaters
- You experience the sudden onset of flashes
Dr. Haugen can discuss appropriate treatment options with you, including a procedure called vitreolysis. This out-patient procedure involves using a laser to break up annoying floaters with in the eye.