Q. I am having EYE FLOATERS AND FLASHES. I am a 32 year old Gym instructor. This has been happening for the past two weeks, on and off. What could this be ?
- EYE FLOATERS AND FLASHES can be benign or may require further workup depending upon their presentation.
- The benign and most common cause includes remnants of the congenital primary vitreous that fails to dissolve completely leading to specks/ dots/ floaters in the visual field. This doesnt require any treatment or intervention. So you can relax if this is determined to be the cause.
- Local injury, ulceration and associated inflammatory conditions of the eye along with age related degeneration of the vitreous are other causes that can present with such symptoms.
- If the onset of these visual floaters is sudden then a retinal pathology such as retinal tear, retinal detachment
or traction on the retina must be looked for and excluded, accordingly.
- If a retinal tear is present then laser treatment can be done to seal the area to prevent its extension and further complications.
- Indirect ophthalmoscopy by an opthalmologist (preferably by a retinal specialist/ vitreoretinal surgeon) would be required.
Wishing you best of health
Dr. M.S. Khalil