Sudden changes in your vision can be frightening and lead many men and women to seek the services of Dr. Arezo Amirikia at Amirikia Eye Center. The sudden onset of floaters and flashes of light can signify a serious medical condition. If you notice floating spots or flashes of light in your field of vision, schedule an appointment right away. Online scheduling makes it easy to find an appointment time at the Pontiac, Michigan office that fits your busy schedule.
This term describes spots in your vision that appears to be floating or moving across your eyes. Some people describe floaters as tiny shadows or specks that shift or dart away if you try to focus directly on them.
In many cases, floaters are related to normal vision changes that accompany the aging process. As the vitreous gel within your eye becomes more fluid, microscopic fibers can clump together and create small shadows on your retina.
If you experience a sudden increase in floaters or if flashes of light accompany these dark spots, schedule an eye exam immediately.
Many people misinterpret flashes of light across their field of vision as originating outside of their body. In reality, these bright spots either come from your brain or your eye.
Patients often describe such flashes as pinpricks of bright light. Some people see swift streaks of light or wavy lines of brightness.
Dark floaters or changes in your vision that accompany sudden flashes of light can signal detachment of your retina. Without immediate medical intervention, a detached retina can lead to permanent blindness.
Occasional floating dark spots or flashes of bright light are normal and occur more frequently as you age. However, both are also symptoms of other conditions, including:
Any time you experience a sudden change in your vision, you should schedule an appointment for an eye exam. In many cases, early detection of an eye condition can make all the difference in treatment and prevention of vision loss.
If you notice a sudden increase or intensity of light flashes, it’s time to reach out to Dr. Amirikia for an exam. Click or call to book your first appointment today.