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A 67-year-old male asked:

Eye floaters what does it mean when i see light flashes?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Steven Rosenfeld
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Retina needs exam: Floaters are usually a very benign finding and a normal aging change as the vitreous jelly in the eye pulls away from the retina. Floaters are potentially more worrisome as it often indicates the vitreous jelly is pulling on the retina and may be a sign of a retinal tear or retinal detachment. You need to schedule an eye exam to include dilation of your pupils to examine the entire retina.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if i'm seeing eye floaters?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Floaters: Are very common in adults. They are typically caused by aging changes of the vitreous jelly that fills the back of our eyes. When this degeneration occurs, small pockets of liquid develop and the jelly pulls away from the retina (the lining of the back of the eye). A small piece of tissue gets pulled away (the floater). If this has developed recently, see your eye doctor to rule out problems.
Last updated Sep 1, 2016


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