What are Flashes and Floaters?
Floaters, or posterior vitreous detachments, are caused by normal aging when the vitreous or gel within the eye begins to liquefy. The vitreous may then can begin to break into small segments or strands, resulting in what we perceive as floaters. Some floaters will go away by themselves, while others persist. Floaters are not harmful to vision, but they may be annoying. However, if floaters are new or troublesome, they could signify a more serious condition – at this point, call Dr. Diamante!
Flashes occur when the vitreous gel shrinks and pulls on the retina. While flashes are very common as we get older, it is still a good idea to see an ophthalmologist if you experience them regularly. Again, although harmless, flashes may be a symptom of more serious conditions, like a torn or detached retina.
Wonder what it’s like to have floaters? Watch below!
Treatment for Floaters
While floaters may not need to be treated, some patients find them annoying if they interfere with daily life. At this point, Dr. Diamante may recommend treatment.
The traditional method, a vitrectomy, can be performed to get rid of floaters. While this surgery has been proven to get rid of floaters, it also has many risks. It is invasive and may actually cause more floaters.
Another treatment for floaters, called laser vitreolysis, is much safer and the more popular course of treatment among doctors and patients. During this in-office procedure, a laser is projected into the eye, through the pupil, and vaporizes large floaters.
Dr. Diamante will determine if this treatment is necessary or advisable, keeping in consideration your age and health. If floaters are a persistent problem for you, call call Doctor Diamante today or request an appointment online!