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Eye Floaters & Flashes Treatment White Plains

What are Eye Floaters and Flashes?

Do you occasionally see mysterious grayish specks or strings in your vision? If so, you are not alone. As people age, they can begin to see these strands, or eye floaters, drifting through their field of vision from time to time. Usually a harmless nuisance, eye floaters can indicate more serious vision problems when combined with other symptoms such as eye pain or eye flashes. If you are experiencing eye floaters and flashes, our team of qualified doctors in White Plains, NY, can discuss the potential causes, as well as treatment options, if necessary. Contact our practice to schedule an evaluation today.
Eye Floater & Flashes

What are Eye Flashes and Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are black or grayish specks, strings, or cobweb-looking objects that sometimes appear in your field of vision. They may appear in one or both eyes, and are more likely to show up when you stare at a bright, plain surface such as a white wall or blank sheet of paper.
Located in the fluid inside your eye, eye floaters drift in and out of your vision as your eye moves, disappearing when you try to focus on them. Floaters are generally harmless and not usually cause for alarm. However, when they increase in frequency, or are combined with other symptoms, such as eye pain or flashes, you should contact our office as soon as possible.
Eye flashes are brief flashes of light that appear in your field of vision. They are often described as looking like small sparkles, lightning, or fireworks, that come and go.


What Causes Floaters and Flashes?

As we age, the vitreous, or the thick, gel-like substance inside our eyes, starts to liquefy in a process called vitreous syneresis. When this happens, the inside of the eye can start to accumulate debris and deposits.


Vision problems can arise and cause patients concern. When this happens, the physicians at Maple Eye and Laser Center are here for you.

These stringy, microscopic fibers within the vitreous can then condense and clump together, casting shadows on the retina (the thin, light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye). These shadows appear as eye floaters in our vision.

Do I Need to See a Doctor?

Although most instances of eye floaters and flashes are harmless, you should contact us if you experience any of the following:

  • An increase in the frequency of floaters
  • Flashes of light in your eyes
  • A loss of peripheral vision
  • Eye pain

These issues can indicate a more serious eye condition that should be assessed and diagnosed as soon as possible.

Conditions Associated with Floaters and Flashes


Some of the more serious conditions associated with eye floaters and flashes include:

  • Vitreous Hemorrhage: A vitreous hemorrhage occurs when blood leaks into the vitreous. This condition can result from damage to the blood vessels in the retina, eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy that cause the growth of abnormal blood vessels that bleed into the vitreous, or bleeding from another part of the eye that leaks into the vitreous.
  • Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD): As we age, and the vitreous starts to liquefy, it begins to shrink and separate from the retina. This causes posterior vitreous detachment.
  • Retinal Tear: As the vitreous shrinks and peels from the retina, it can sometimes pull so hard that it causes holes or tears. Vitreous can then enter the opening, pushing the retina farther away from the inner lining of the back of the eye, eventually causing retinal detachment.
  • Retinal Detachment: This is a serious eye condition in which the retina has detached from the layer of blood vessels that provides it with oxygen and nourishment. The longer this condition goes untreated, the greater the risk of permanent vision loss in the affected eye. Fortunately, if detected and treated early, vision can typically be restored or saved.

Schedule an Appointment Today

At Maple Eye and Laser Center, we understand the importance of having healthy eyes and clear vision. Although eye problems can arise and cause you concern, our dedicated team of doctors is here for you. From routine eye care services to laser vision correction and floaters and flashes, we can take care of all your vision needs. Contact our friendly office to schedule an appointment today.

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