Eye Floaters and Flashes

Floaters and flashes are a common complaint among patients and can be a normal part of the aging process. However, they can be a sign of something sight threatening and therefore flashes and floaters should be evaluated by an eye doctor.

How do eye floaters and flashes occur?

Floaters occur when the components that make up the clear jelly inside your eye start to condense and as a result become visible to the patient. Another time floaters occur is when the jelly starts to pull off the back of the eye. This separation is part of the natural aging process and more often than not proceeds uneventfully. However, sometimes, this natural separation pulls on the retina causing flashes of light. Therefore, flashes of light indicate there is traction on the retina and the retina is at risk. Sometimes, the traction can be so great that it tears the retina which increases the risk of having a retinal detachment or even lead to a retinal detachment

So if you see a new floater, have flashes of light, see a curtain over your vision, or have many ‘gnats’ in your vision, its important to have a dilated eye exam as soon as possible.

What happens if I have a retinal tear or a retinal detachment?

Your eye doctor will send you to an ophthalmologist to have surgical repair within the next 24hours. When it comes to retinal tears and detachments, time is critical to insure the best visual outcome. Therefore, it is important to seek treatment immediately and not wait even a day or two.

Will I always see that floater? Over time, floaters will often condense to a smaller size, settle and become less visible and the patient will begin to ignore them.

A Little Bit About…

A Little Bit About…

Ashley Iketani-Castillo, OD, MS

Dr. Iketani is a Florida native who has a passion for managing ocular disease. She views each patient as a whole person and believes the eyes are a window to a patient’s systemic health. She also has a passion for fitting rigid lenses on patients with corneal disease to help them obtain their best vision.

Dr. Iketani graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she completed internships at the Hefner Veteren’s Affairs hospital in Charlotte, NC and The Metrolina Association for the Blind which focused on Low Vision rehabilitation. Prior to pursuing optometry, she obtained a Masters of Science which focused on developmental genetics and worked as a technician in a lab that researched breast cancer.

Dr. Iketani currently resides in Charlotte with her husband, a pediatric resident, their two cats and they are welcoming a baby boy in December 2018.

Celebrity Eye Health Blog Series Disclaimer

With all celebrities discussed in this series I am simply using the power of Google and reporting the rumors of their eye conditions. I am not certain if these celebrities have these eye conditions, and I have never seen their medical records or examined them myself. I am simply reporting on a personal interest of mine and describing what these conditions are. My comments do not reflect the personal history of the celebrity or inside knowledge of them or their rumored condition. - Dr. Ashley Iketani-Castillo

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