What are Flashes and Floaters?

When small dots or specs can be seen in your vision, it is referred to as floaters.  Flashes are usually caused when the vitreous gel in the back of the eye begins to separate from the retina.  The separation of the gel is a apart of the normal as aging process. 

Sometimes people can have abnormal points of adherence of the vitreous gel to the retina and as the gel separates, it creates a tear in the retina.

If you are experiencing flashes and floaters in your vision, call and make an appointment with your eye care professional immediately. Although these symptoms are not a definite indicator of a retinal tear or detachment, it is important to have an eye evaluation so that your eye care professional can rule out the possibility.