Understanding Flashes and Floaters
Floaters (or “spots”) affect a huge number of Canadians, though they are more prominent in older individuals. They are the small, semi-transparent squiggles or specks which float around your vision. They’re completely natural, and you’ve probably noticed them when looking in a mirror or at another bright surface.
Flashes, on the other hand, are disruptions to your vision caused by trauma or impact on the optic nerve. Often indicative of an underlying problem, they are frequently referred to as “seeing stars”.
If you notice floaters or experience flashes for the first time, arrange an appointment for a full eye health exam – vision problems can follow swiftly, so this is important.