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Flashes & Floaters

Suddenly Seeing Flashes or Floaters? Visit Us Immediately.

Eye flashes and floaters are a relatively common condition, experienced by almost everyone to some degree especially as we get older. Generally a misunderstood phenomenon, flashes and floaters can be the result of serious eye conditions such as a retinal tear.

When Should You Visit an Optometrist?


The general rule is: if it is your first time experience either flashes or floaters, come pay us a visit.

In most cases, flashes/floaters are benign; harmless. However, in some cases, they can be a symptom of a developing eye disease (such as a detached retina) or a sign of a more serious problem that is developing.

If you experience a change in the size, shape, or amount of floaters/flashes you experience, please visit us for an assessment.

Eye Flashes


Flashes often look like flashing or streaking lights in your field of vision. Eye flashes occur as the result of vitreous gel inside your eye rubbing or pulling on the retina.

Symptoms

  • Specks or “lines’ of light that persist in vision
  • Sparkles or streaks of light that move, especially near the periphery of your vision

Eye Floaters


Floaters appear in your field of vision as moving objects resembling small specks, dots, circles or cobwebs. Eye floaters are the result of vitreous gel pulling away from the back wall of the eye, resulting in a posterior vitreous detachment. Floaters can be a sign that your retina is, or could become torn.

Symptoms

  • Translucent or opaque lines, dots, or “flecks” that appear to float near the edges of your vision
  • Floaters change position when you try to focus on them

Vivid Eye Care – We Can Assess Flashes and Floaters


In most cases, flashes and floaters are triggered by external, non-eye-related events such as taking a light knock on your head or a forceful sneeze. In such unharmful cases, the retina is simply receiving a brief physical stimulation and the symptoms do not linger on long after.

However, if you are suddenly experiencing flashes or floaters more frequently and/or with a greater level of severity, you should book an appointment at Vivid Eye Care to get an assessment. As mentioned earlier, the symptoms do have the potential to be signalling the onset of a retinal issue, such as a tear or detachment or the development of an eye disease.

Our Location


Our office is part of the Cranston Market Clinic and is just two minutes off of Deerfoot Trail. Vivid Eye Care is in the same plaza as the Sobey’s and Scotiabank.

Address:

356 Cranston Road SE #1020
Calgary, AB T3M 0S9

Contact Us:

Phone +1 (403) 724-0101
Email info@youreyes.pro
Fax +1 (403) 724-0107

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Mon 8am - 8pm
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Wed - Thur 10am - 6pm
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Sat 9am - 2pm
Sun Closed

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