Flashes and floaters are caused by the contents of the eye (the vitreous humor) breaking apart and tugging on the retina. Over our life time the vitreous is liquefying. As the vitreous breaks apart it may cause the formation of “floaters” where black spots, smudges, or nets appear in the vision. The vitreous is lightly adhered to the retina and as the vitreous collapses it can pull on the retina causing “flashing lights”. The concern is the vitreous pulling away cleanly or is it tearing the retina causing holes and retinal detachments. Any time you have floaters or flashing lights you need to immediately come in for a retinal evaluation. At Nasa Vision Center we use the newest tools optomap, retinal B scan and the Zeiss Cirrus retinal scanner to detect any retinal problems.

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