Schaeffer Eye Center
3428 Old Columbiana Rd Birmingham AL 35226 (205) 824-7171
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
2550 Eastern Blvd Montgomery AL 36117 (334) 274-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
4800 Whitesburg Dr S #26 Huntsville AL 35802 (256) 213-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
105 Brookridge Dr Madison AL 35758 (256) 325-9465
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
445 Providence Main Street NW Huntsville AL 35806 (256) 722-5425
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
1701 McFarland Blvd East #121 Tuscaloosa AL 35404 (205) 462-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
1686 Montgomery Highway Hoover AL 35216 (205) 979-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
3431 Colonnade Parkway Birmingham AL 35243 (205) 967-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
4647 US-280 Birmingham AL 35242 (205) 995-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
2019 Highland Ave S Birmingham AL 35205 (205) 328-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
Mt Brook Plaza, 2737 US-280 Mountain Brook AL 35223 (205) 802-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
2000 Cahaba Rd #100 Birmingham AL 35223 (205) 870-3937
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
1536 Montclair Rd Irondale AL 35210 (205) 599-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
2100 Bessemer Rd Birmingham AL 35208 (205) 786-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
129 North Chalkville Road Trussville AL 35173 (205) 445-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
3143 Pelham Pkwy Pelham AL 35124 (205) 987-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schaeffer Eye Center
9709 Parkway East Ste A&B Birmingham AL 35215 (205) 836-2020
http://schaeffereyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/sec-logo.png $$
Schedule Your Appointment

Interesting Articles

Flashes & Floaters

Published: 2016-10-12

Floaters

Floaters are those specks or spots that  drift across your vision inexplicably. They often seem to come from nowhere, and disappear without explanation without causing  any harm to your vision, however they can also be signs of a more serious problem.

Causes Of Floaters

Floaters can occur when the eye is irritated or when  the fluid within between the  lens and the retina, called vitreous, gets deposited with crystal like objects. As we age, the vitreous fluid in our eyes shrink and separate from the retina. About half of the world’s population experiences some degree of this separation by age 50, with most of them being unaware of the condition.

Flashes

Flashes happen when the eye is touched or moved, for instance after being hit while playing sports or aggressive rubbing of the eyes. Those that wear  contact lenses tend to rub their eyes more frequently after wearing their lenses for an extended period of time. When this happens, “stars” or flashes in the person’s vision can appear momentarily.

Causes Of Flashes

Flashes happen when the vitreous pulls on the retina, usually leaving a flash or “stars” behind. When the vitreous actually separates from the retina, you can see flashes for time periods ranging from  a few days to more than a week.. Migraines can also cause flashes, with jagged lines of light lasting 20 minutes or so in one or both eyes.

Are Floaters Or Flashes Dangerous?

Most people experience floaters or flashes at some point in their  lives and there is no long term damage . However, sudden onset of either, and for an extended duration,could require immediate medical attention. If your t floaters or flashes are accompanied by any of the following, , visit a doctor immediately:

  • Sudden occurrence of flashing lights or floaters appear after a blow to the head or after a sudden jarring movement
  • If a sudden black out or reduced field of vision occurs resulting from a possible retinal tear or detachment

How Are Floaters & Flashes Treated?

Floaters are usually harmless but if they are persistent, especially in older patients, surgery may be used to correct it. A procedure called a vitrectomy  drains  a portion of the vitreous fluid from the eye in an attempt to reduce or remove floaters, replacing it with sterile liquid.

Immediate severe flashes  usually indicate the occurrence of an eye injury has happened and will need medical attention immediately. Reattachment of the retina can be done if detected early enough to restore vision loss.