Don’t wait for your next scheduled eye exam if you have……..eye floaters, flashes and spots. Eye floaters are tiny spots that do just that float around in your field of vision. Although they are annoying, they are quite common.
Floaters and spots are small pieces of the eye’s gel-like vitreous that break loose within the inner back portion of the eye. This can be a product of age and these small particles may have various shapes and “float” as the eye moves. These tiny spots and floaters are more pronounced when one looks up at a bright sky for example. “I have just recently experienced these symptoms myself during a bright summer day”, says Diane Bowin Director of Provider Relations, General Vision Services.
The sudden appearance of floaters and spots could mean that the vitreous is pulling away from your retina or that the retina itself is becoming dislodged from the inner back of the eye. Posterior vitreous detachments are more common than retinal detachments however some vitreous detachments can damage the retina.
If you see floaters and spots, sometimes along with light flashes, you should contact your eye care professional immediately.
“Call 1-800 VISION-1 for a General Vision Service location near you.”
GVS is the largest third party optical administrator in the New York area serving over 5 million union members.
For more information see www.generalvision.com or e-mail Ken Levin at KenL@gvs.bz.