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Floaters & Flashes - What it is

Floaters are flying dots or lines that you may sometimes see moving in your field of vision. They are usually degenerated clumps of vitreous gel within the inside cavity of your eye. Occasionally they are tiny clumps of cells inside the vitreous due to various disorders. While you may get the feeling that these spots or lines are in front of your eye, in reality they are actually floating inside it. These clumps cast shadows on the retina – the layer of cells lining the back of the eye that allows you to see – giving you the impression of floating particles in your vision.

Flashes are the sensation of flashing lights or lightning streaks that occur when the vitreous gel inside your eye pulls on the retina. They can be a small flash in just one spot, or it can be several flashes across a wider area of vision.

Normal Vision - Floaters & Flashers condition treatment
Normal Vision

Vision with Floaters - Floaters & Flashers condition treatment
Vision with floaters

Vision with Flashers - Floaters & Flashers condition treatment
Vision with flashes

Floaters & Flashes - Symptoms

Floaters & Flashes - Diagnosis

Floaters & Flashes - Preparing for surgery

Floaters & Flashes - Post-surgery care

Floaters & Flashes - Other Information

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