Almost everyone notices a floater occasionally — that little gray speck that drifts through your vision. While floaters are usually harmless, they can indicate a problem with your retina or the vitreous gel that fills your eye. At Universal Vision Medical Center in Costa Mesa, California, Farnoosh Tinoosh, MD, uses state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose the cause of your floaters and offers cutting-edge treatments to protect your eye health. Call or make an appointment online today.
Floaters are those tiny gray specks, lines, or cobwebs that drift through your field of vision. You see them most often when you look at a plain background like a clear sky or a Word document on a computer screen.
Floaters form when your vitreous, the gel that fills your eyes, starts to clump together. You don’t actually see the clumps; you see the shadows they cast on your retina.
Floaters are a common symptom of aging eyes. You’re more likely to have floaters if you’re nearsighted, had cataract surgery, or have inflammation inside your eye.
You might also notice a flash or streak of light in your field of vision. Known as flashes, these phenomena occur when your vitreous pulls or rubs on your retina. Flashes are also usually harmless.
While floaters and flashes are usually benign, there are a few details that could indicate a serious eye health problem like a retinal tear or detachment.
You should contact Dr. Tinoosh right away if you have a sudden increase in floaters. They might look like a cascade over your field of vision. You should also seek urgent eye care if you have:
Prompt treatment can save your sight. Don’t delay if you notice any of these symptoms. Dr. Tinoosh offers emergency eye care services.
Dr. Tinoosh provides a dilated eye exam to examine your retina in detail. He looks at the peripheral edges of your retina closely, as these sections are thinner and more vulnerable to tears than the central retina.
When necessary, Dr. Tinoosh offers state-of-the-art treatment for floaters and flashes. Depending on your specific needs, he might recommend laser treatment to break up the floaters. In severe cases, he can replace your vitreous with a solution to maintain your eye shape and function.
If you have a retinal tear, Dr. Tinoosh also uses laser treatments to repair your retina. You should have follow-up exams to allow Dr. Tinoosh to monitor your recovery and eye health.
Call Universal Vision Medical Center or make an appointment online today if you’re concerned about floaters or flashes.