Flashes and Floaters

Floaters look like small dark spots or strands that appear to float in front of your eyes. Floaters are very common and are normally harmless. They are more common if you are short sighted or as you get older.

Some people also notice that they see flashes of light. These can be due to movement of the gel inside the eye.

Very occasionally, flashes or an increase in floaters can be a sign of a retinal detatchment, which needs treating as soon as possible.

At The Eyeworks both Dylan Barton, David McGowan, Emma Hayden , Lianne Iles and Emma Bennett are qualified to investigate these symptoms under Wirral’s Community Ophthalmology Service.

So if you get

– A sudden increase in floaters, particularly if you also notice flashing lights
– A new large floater
– A change in floaters or flashing lights after you have had a direct blow to your eye.
– A shadow spreading across the vision of one of your eyes.

If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact us ASAP.

It is important that you do not drive to your appointment as you will not be able to drive for approximately 4 hours afterwards.

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