Floaters and flashes symptoms

Symptoms of vitreous fIf the vitreous gel shrinks and pulls away from the wall of the eye, the retina can tear. This sometimes causes bleeding inside the eye that may appear as new floaters.

Floaters include seeing small specks or clouds moving in your field of vision, or seeing dots, circles, lines or “cobwebs.” Symptoms of flashes include seeing flashes of light or seeing “stars.”

Some people experience flashes of light that appear as jagged lines or “heat waves” in both eyes, often lasting 10 to 20 minutes. These are not flashes from the vitreous gel pulling on the retina; instead, these types of flashes are usually caused by a spasm of blood vessels in the brain, called a migraine. If a headache follows the flashes, it is called a migraine headache. However, jagged lines or heat waves can occur without a headache. In this case, the light flashes are called an ophthalmic migraine, or migraine without headache. Contact your ophthalmologist if you experience these symptoms.

If you notice other symptoms, like the loss of side vision, you should see your ophthalmologist.


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