Floaters and flashes in the eyes are little “spider webs” or spots that are present in your field of vision. They are little, dull, shadowy shapes that can look like spots, string-like strands, or squiggly lines. They move when you make your eyes move in some direction and may disappear when you directly look at them. They don’t take after your eye movements exactly, and float when your eyes quit moving.
The vast majority of people have floaters and they have figured out how to overlook them; they are generally not seen until the point that they increae or become more noticeable. Floaters can end up visible when looking at something brilliant, for example, white paper or a blue sky.
Symptoms of eye floaters and flashes are the following:
- Little shapes in your visual field that show up as dull spots or bumpy, transparent strings of floating material
- Spots that follow the movement of your eyes, which will disappear when you look straight at them
- Spots that may appear when you look at a plain background like a red, blue or white space
- Little shapes or strings that settle down and float out of the line of vision
A doctor will obtain your medical history and find relevant causes for your condition. A complete eye exam will be done.
For individuals who have floaters and flashes that are just irritating, no treatment is prescribed.
On uncommon occassions, floaters can be so thick and numerous that they altogether affect vision. In these cases, a vitrectomy, a surgery that expels floaters from the vitreous, might be required.
A vitrectomy removes the vitreous gel, alongside its floading debris, from the eye. The vitreous is supplanted with a salt solution. Since the vitreous is mostly water, you won’t see any change between the salt solution and the vitreous.
This surgery conveys huge dangers to vision because of many complications, which include retinal separation, retinal tears, and cataracts. Most eye specialists are hesitant to recommend this medical procedure except if the floaters truly meddle with vision.