Patients who notice spots or “floaters” in their field of vision may wonder if they are a sign of a bigger problem. In rare instances, these squiggles, rings, or whips may be a sign of an issue that requires further evaluation, but for most, these imperfections in the vision field are often harmless. However, they can be bothersome for patients, especially if they become large.
What exactly are “floaters?”
Floaters are small clumps of vitreous gel that have developed within the gel of the eye. They cause disturbances in the vision because they are casing shadows on the retina. In most patients, they are completely harmless and not a sign of a serious issue, though we do encourage patients to book an appointment with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer of Skokie, IL if they have a concern.
Once floaters are diagnosed, patients often just adjust to having them in their field of vision. If they become larger though, they can be disruptive to one’s eyesight. In situations like this, our team may recommend a procedure known as laser vitreolysis. By using a specialized laser device, Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer can break down these clumps of vitreous gel and reduce or eliminate the floaters that are present. This can be done as needed if floaters reappear after treatment.
What happens if I develop flashes of light along with floaters?
Flashes of light in the eyes might be a sign of a more serious issue such as retinal detachment. With a proper evaluation and consultation appointment with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer, patients can find out if they are dealing with a condition that needs treatment. Patients should always schedule a visit with their doctor if there is a significant change in their vision since their last routine eye examination.
Call Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer today to book your appointment
Patients of the Skokie, IL area who struggle with significant floaters are encouraged to book a consultation visit with our team to find out if they are a proper candidate for laser vitreolysis treatment. The office of Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer is located at 9150 Crawford Avenue Suite 201 and accepts new patients who call the office at (847) 677-2794 for appointments.