We are conveniently located in the Walmart Vision Center on Davis & 951 (Collier Blvd.)
Light flashes, or photopsia, occur when the retina is exposed to light or tugged, torn or detached due to mechanical stimulation. As a result, it produces an electrical impulse which the brain interprets as light. However, the light can last longer if the retina is damaged. Other causes of flashes include a blow to the head, a migraine. As for floaters, they are tiny spots or specks that drift around in front of your eyes. Though annoying, they are very common and are not a cause for alarm. Mainly, they are tiny pieces of vitreous (eye’s gel) that have broken loose within the inner back part of the eye. However, it should be considered a medical emergency if you notice a shower of floaters combined with light flashes.