If you are experiencing a sudden onset of flashes or floaters in your vision, you should be seen by your eye doctor immediately!
The retina is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. Light rays are focused onto the retina through the cornea, pupil and lens. The retina converts the light rays into impulses that travel through the optic nerve to the brain, where they are interpreted as the images we see. A healthy, intact retina is key to clear vision. The clear gel or vitreous of the eyes is attached to the retina. As we age, the vitreous starts to pull away from the retina. Sometimes it can result in a tear. The sooner that retinal tears, holes or detachments are diagnosed and attended to, the better the end result. Don’t delay if you notice any flashes of light, spots or dramatic vision changes…. You need to be seen!