Flashes & floaters could be an early sign of retinal detachment.
The back of the eye is filled with a clear gel called “vitreous.” As we age, this gel can pull away from the retina (posterior vitreous detachment), forming dots, lines, clumps, or cobwebs moving in your field of vision. These are called floaters.
As the vitreous is pulling away from the retina, it can tug on the retina causing flashes of light (stars, lightning, bulb going off in your side vision). The flashes tend to go away in 1-2 days once the separation is complete.
However, sometimes the vitreous gel pulls so hard causing the retina to tear (“torn retina”). The tear can cause bleeding inside the eye (vitreous hemorrhage) that may cause new floaters. If untreated, there is a very high chance that it can lead to retinal detachment (“detached retina”) and vision loss. Retinal detachment surgery in Orange County can help repair the retinal detachment and restore your vision.