Floaters and Flashes in Napa, CA

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What Are Flashes And Floaters?

Some patients experience the visual sensation of flashes or floaters in their vision. This is the result of small pieces of the vitreous (clear gel) clumping up. As these small clumps move, they produce shadows on the retina, causing you to see those floaters. Once those clumps settle down in the retina, you start to see the flashes, which some describe as "seeing stars." If you've experienced one or both of these, call Eye Specialists of Napa Valley to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled ophthalmologists.

What Can I Expect from Treatment for Flashes And Floaters?

Most people will experience floaters in their vision at some point in their lives. Some can be harmless and improve over time while others can be a sign of retinal tear, detachment or other eye conditions. You should visit Eye Specialists of Napa Valley as soon as possible if you notice the onset of new floaters, particularly if you experience associated flashes of light. Urgent evaluation is needed if you see a shadow in your peripheral vision or notice a gray “curtain” covering part of your vision. We can check your eyes and check for retinal damage or other diseases of the eye. If a retinal tear is found, urgent in-office laser treatment may be necessary to prevent retinal detachment. Depending on the extent of detachment, sometimes retinal surgery is needed. If the floaters themselves are not improving over time and impacting your quality of life, we can consider a laser vitreolysis. This form of painless laser surgery projects a beam of light into the pupil to break apart the floaters.

Freedom from Flashes And Floaters

Floaters can be an annoying condition that interferes with your sight. Although they generally fade over time, it is important to have them evaluated because they are a leading sign of retinal tear or detachment. At Eye Specialists of Napa Valley, we can evaluate your eye(s) and determine if these floaters and flashes need to be addressed. For more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified doctors, contact our Napa, CA ophthalmology office today.

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