Vitreal Floaters and Degeneration
Over time, the gel that fills the posterior part of your eye can break down and shrink. As this process occurs, you may notice small specks, threads, or clouds present in your field of vision. These are known as “floaters” and are usually harmless. Most people will notice or have noticed a floater in their eye at some point. If you observe new floaters or begin to detect flashes of light in the eye that increase in frequency, you may be experiencing vitreous degeneration or a posterior vitreous detachment. If you experience significant flashing and the onset of many new floaters, you should contact us immediately to rule out the slight chance that you are experiencing a retinal detachment. While a vitreous detachment is a benign process, retina detachment can result in a loss of vision. If caught quickly, a retinal detachment can be treated by a retinal specialist and significant vision loss can be avoided.