FLASHES AND FLOATERS


Eye floaters are often normal pieces of the vitreous gel in the eye. They may cast shadows on the retina and are seen as spots or threads, or may seem mosquito or cobweb shaped. 

Floaters may sometimes be associated with serious eye conditions such as retinal detachment or other eye diseases. A prompt and thorough eye examination is important to rule out urgent disease. 


Patients may see flashes of light (photopsia) in their peripheral vision when the back layer of vitreous gel tugs and subsequently detaches from the retinal surface in an event called a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). In some cases the PVD causes a retinal hole, tear or detachment. Other causes of photopsia include direct eye or head trauma, optic nerve damage or intracranial disease and migraines.  

Optometrists are trained to do dilated eye exams to assess your eye health.
Have new eye floaters and photopsia checked promptly.

In particular, if experiencing floaters, reduced vision, flashes or dark curtains in your vision, then contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist immediately for a thorough eye check and advice.

If unable to contact us and for eye emergencies after hours 
SYDNEY EYE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
8 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Open 24 hours
Phone: 02 9382 7111

WOLLONGONG HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
An on-call ophthalmologist can be contacted by the hospital staff
Loftus Street, Wollongong
Open 24 hours
Phone: 02 4222 5000