What You Need to Know About Floaters, Flashes, and Retinal Detachments

To understand many bothersome, and potentially threatening, eye conditions such as floaters, flashes, and retinal detachment, it helps to have a basic understanding of the eye’s anatomy. Watch this helpful video that illustrates how the eye is structured and why floaters and flashes occur.

The retina is the light-sensitive tissue of the inner eye that perceives an image based on light focused from the cornea and lens. The gel that lies between the retina and lens is called the vitreous. When this gel thickens or shrinks over time, it can cause tears and bleeding in the eye, which result in floaters appearing. Another cause for floaters and light flashes include trauma, migraines, and retinal detachment. Detachment of the retina is a serious cause for concern and should be immediately addressed by your doctor.

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