Flashes and Floaters
These can be a sign of retinal detachment, where the inside of the eye peels away from where it should be.
- Some of the signs of retinal detachment are
- Flashing lights
- Shadow coming over your vision
(either from the top down, or from the side coming inwards)
- This is more common in
- Short sighted people
- History of head trauma
- Increasing age
- There is generally no pain, but it is very important to have your eyes checked.
If left untreated, a detachment can lead to blindness in the affected eye.
- If this problem is identified quickly, the retina can often be reattached by an eye surgeon using laser or other techniques. Sometimes people even regain the sight they’ve lost.
If you have flashes, floaters or shadows in front of your eyes, seek advice as soon as you can… it could save your eyesight!