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what causes daily floaters/flashers and other visual problems?

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Dr. Randall Wong
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Floaters can be caused by blood, cells in the vitreous or opacities in the vitreous itself. Flashes can be caused by the vitreous tugging on the retina, retinal inflammation or migraine. New flashes and floaters might be due to a retinal tear. A retinal tear may cause a retinal detachment - a potentially blinding condition. Get examined.
Answered on Mar 15, 2019
Dr. Keshav Narain
28 years experience Retinal Surgery
Floaters cause: Floaters arise when the vitreous gel inside the eye liquefies naturally with age and sometimes earlier in life due to trauma, inflammation, or even high myopia. The floaters may consist of protein precipitates. Though the vitreous gel inside the eye is clear, it is composed of a complex matrix of collagen proteins that undergo changes. New floaters should be examined under dilation.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013

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