Eye Floaters and Flashes, any recent ones and you need to see an Optometrist or A&E as soon as possible:
There might be times that you notice dark spots in your vision when looking at something plain, such as a white wall or a clear sky. These spots may appear like they are moving away from your central focus, no matter how you try to look at them. These are usually eye floaters.
Floaters occur as a result of changes in the vitreous, a jelly-like substance in your eye. While most floaters are considered harmless, you should book an appointment to visit an Optometrist to check out your eye for issues.
In this article, we will talk about eye floaters—what causes them and when to see an Optometrist for advise and possible referral for treatment.
The causes of floaters
There are many possible reasons why floaters have developed in your eyes. While they are a result of changes in the vitreous, these changes are caused by various factors. For example, age, eye trauma, eye inflammation, and eye diseases can affect the vitreous, which can then lead to floaters.
Some of these are unavoidable, such as age, but they do not lead to severe cases that require treatment. However, other causes, such as diabetic eye disease, are much more severe. Diabetic eye disease can cause the blood vessels in your eyes to rupture and bleed into the vitreous. In some cases, these will form tiny blood spots in your vision. In more severe cases, the blood can completely block your sight.
When to see an Optometrist for floaters or flashes
In many cases, you will need to see an Optometrist for floaters. If they come with other symptoms, such as blurred vision, dark shadows, and pain, there might be something more serious going on.
Also, if floaters show up after an accident that has affected your eye, then seeing an Optometrist is urgently needed. This is because these symptoms can mean that your eye has sustained internal damage.
If you experience any other symptoms with the floaters, do not delay seeing your Optometrist. You should visit one as soon as possible, as the later you wait, the worse the symptoms can become. Also, you reduce the chances for a successful recovery if you let the issues worsen, so treat it like an emergency.
There are generally two methods for treating floaters: vitrectomy and laser vitreolysis. In a vitrectomy, your eyes are drained from its vitreous to flush any debris, and the fluid is replaced with a salt solution. However, it is a risky treatment that can lead to cataracts, retinal tears, and other complications.
In laser vitreolysis, a laser is beamed into the eyes to break down the floaters. This can either result in smaller floaters that are harder to notice or complete vaporization of the floaters, both of which can improve your vision.
Generally speaking, if you see floaters in your eyes but are not experiencing anything else like pain, light sensitivity or shadowed vision, and if you have not sustained any recent eye injuries, you should be ok. However to be sure please call our practice to be seen for floaters under the NHS paid MECS scheme. Eye floaters are common, and may be the result of changes within your eyes’ vitreous.
That said, if you experience other symptoms or have an eye injury, do not wait to visit an Optometrist. The faster you have your eyes treated, the likelier it is you will make a full recovery !
We are independent opticians in Essex that offer eye care services, including eye examinations and cataract surgery. If you are looking for opticians in Earls Colne or in Frinton in Sea, to address the floaters in your eyes, schedule a visit with us today.