Flashes & Floaters

Flashes and floaters are common as one ages. They typically appear as flashes of light or as specks or squiggly lines that float across the field of vision.

Sudden flashes of light can be caused by a migraine, which may or may not be followed by a headache.
Many people rarely notice floaters, but they may seem more prominent when looking at a white wall. Sometimes the eyes can follow or even catch up with them. Although these objects appear to be in the front of the eye, they are actually little clumps of gel floating inside the eye that cast shadows on the retina. Flashes and floaters are generally harmless, but should they suddenly appear, it is important to seek the services of a specialist in order to rule out a serious cause such as a retinal tear or detachment.

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If you experience sudden flashes of light or floaters in your vision, call the Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center at 1-877-DR4-2020 to schedule an eye exam or click here to request an appointment.