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Floaters and Flashing Lights

Floaters and flashing lights are common ophthalmological symptoms that can be indicative of underlying eye conditions.

While they are often harmless, they can also be a sign of a more serious eye problem. If you experience floaters and flashing lights, it is important to seek medical attention from a qualified eye specialist like Miss Anna Grabowska.

What are Floaters?

Floaters are specks, clouds, or cobweb-like shapes that drift across your field of vision. They can be black, grey, or transparent, and they often appear to move around when you try to focus on them. Floaters are generally caused by tiny clumps of a gel-like substance forming in the vitreous, a clear, jelly-like substance that fills the inside of the eye. As we age, the vitreous often becomes more liquefied, causing clumps to form that cast shadows on the retina, leading to floaters.

While floaters are a common symptom that may be harmless, they can also be indicative of a serious condition such as a retinal detachment or a retinal tear. These conditions require immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist.

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What are Flashing Lights?

Flashing lights, also known as photopsia, are small bright spots, flickering lights or arcs of light that appear in your vision. These flashes of light may be accompanied by floaters or can occur on their own. They can be caused by various underlying conditions such as migraines, a vitreous detachment, or a retinal tear.

When to Seek Medical Attention?

While floaters and flashing lights are often harmless, they can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention right away:

Sudden onset of new floaters, especially if accompanied by flashes of light or a loss of peripheral vision
Sudden onset of flashing lights or a significant increase in their frequency
Sudden loss of vision, particularly if accompanied by eye pain or redness

Appointments with Miss Anna Grabowska

Miss Anna Grabowska is a leading retina eye surgeon based in London. She has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of eye conditions, including those related to floaters and flashing lights.

If you are experiencing floaters and flashing lights or any other eye symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention from a qualified ophthalmologist like Anna Grabowska.

If you would like to find out more or to book an appointment, please get in touch.