Floaters are important

I had a patient recently that complained of seeing "floaters".  This is a very common complaint yet very serious.  Most of the time floaters are normal, the result of changes inside the eye of the "vitreous".  Sometimes floaters can be a symptom that the retina has torn.  In the case of my patients, indeed the retinal had suffered a small tear.  The patient was given a dilated retinal examination of the retina and the tear was repaired by a retinal surgeon.  Early detection of the retinal tear may well have saved the patients' vision.

If you see flashes or floaters in your vision seek an optometrist immediately to insure that your vision is not in jeopardy.