Floaters refer to the circles, spots, squiggly lines, and cobwebs that drift through our vision. They may be of embryonic origin or acquired through degenerative processes of the vitreous gel or retina. These deposits result in shadows across the retina, the portion of the eye responsible for seeing clear, sharp images.

It is imperative to distinguish normal and naturally occurring floaters and flashes from those associated with retinal problems. Floaters, with or without flashes of light, can be symptomatic of serious eye damage, such as a torn or detached retina. If you have noticed floaters or flashes in your vision, contact our eye doctors to schedule a dilated eye exam as soon as possible.