What are Floaters?
In the back of the eye is a gel-like substance called the vitreous. Small pieces of this gel can liquefy and separate, causing them to float in the eye. Floaters may look like gnats or black specks in vision. Many times they will disappear, but new ones may take their place.
Though they are generally not dangerous, a sudden onset of floaters or a large number of floaters could be a sign of a retinal emergency.
What are Flashes?
When the vitreous gel in the eye moves, it can cause a flash or flashes of light to appear in your vision. A sudden onset of flashes may indicate a hole or tear in the retina and should be checked out by an ophthalmologist immediately. Flashes that persist, obscuring the vision may be a visual migraine or migraine scotoma, which should also be diagnosed by an eye doctor.
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