Eye Health

Flashes and Floaters

The vitreous (Jelly) in the eye has tiny particles in it which are seen at some time as floaters in your vision. With age these floaters can become more noticeable and can appear like a spider’s web. 

If you notice a sudden appearance or increase in floaters then an appointment should be made as soon as possible.

Flashes of light can also be seen by some people these may be if you stand up suddenly or you may see zig-zag patterns, usually in your side vision which can indicate visual migraine. 

However, if flashes and floaters are seen at the same time, or you see a dark lace over an area of your vision then this could be due to a small tear in the retina at the back of your eye and requires URGENT attention as if left could result in a retinal detachment causing serious and possibly permanent visual loss.