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Eye Floaters and Flashes

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Floaters and flashes in your field of vision may become common with age. While they are not usually a cause for concern, they can be an indicator of or contribute to retina problems, including retinal detachment.

The eye doctors at California Retina Associates specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of retina-related vision conditions. If you experience a sudden onset of floaters and flashes or notice an increase in eye floaters and flashes, please call us at 619-425-7755 to schedule an exam; our ophthalmologists welcome patients from the greater San Diego, El Centro and Chula Vista, California, areas.

Causes of Floaters and Flashes

Floaters may look like specks, cobwebs or squiggly lines that drift through your view. They are especially noticeable when looking at a static background, and they may appear to move as you adjust your eyes.

Floaters are tiny clumps of fibers in the gel-like vitreous fluid in the backs of your eyes. With age, this fluid can change in consistency, causing the gel to pull away from the rear wall of the eye and form fibrous lumps.

Flashes may accompany these floaters and appear as small streaks of lightning; vision flashes are often more noticeable in the dark. These flashes occur when the vitreous gel pulls on the retina. Flashes in conjunction with floaters may be a symptom of a retinal tear, which, untreated, can increase the risk of retinal detachment.

Floaters, Flashes and Retina Problems

Although floaters and flashes are often harmless, you should contact our experienced eye doctors if you notice:

  • Floaters and flashes of increased numbers and intensity
  • Floaters and flashes along with darkness on the edges of your peripheral vision
  • Floaters and flashes accompanied by a decline in your central vision

These may be symptoms of vitreous detachment or a retinal tear that could lead to retinal detachment. For additional information, please see the following pages:

Retinal problems in which floaters and flashes appear are often treatable with an outpatient laser procedure. However, the best treatment option for you will depend on a number of individual factors, including the source and severity of your condition.

To schedule your vision exam with one of our renowned retina specialists, please contact California Retina Associates today. Our ophthalmologists welcome patients from the San Diego, Chula Vista and El Centro areas.

California Retina Associates


Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911
619-425-7755

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243
760-352-7755