Vision is a complex thing. Not only do people see with different levels of clarity at different distances, but they sometimes see small things called floaters and flashes that aren't actually there. Initially, the appearance of flashes are easy enough to shrug off, but in many cases they are a sign of bigger problems and should be checked out by your optometrist in Wilmette. 


Why Am I Seeing Flashes?

Knowing that you are seeing something that really isn't there can be unnerving and even frightening, but at New Vision Optical Boutique we are here to help you get to the bottom of the mystery and restore more clarity in your life.

Flashes are light strands that flicker in the field of vision and often occur alongside floaters, which are less flashy specs that some people randomly see. Floaters happen when cells or proteins cluster and lodge the vitreous humor, the gel-like fluid that is in the area between your eye's lens and the retina.

The vitreous gel of your eyes bumping against your retinas can cause you to see flashes. In general, floaters and flashes are common, but too much "action" may put you at risk for an actual tear in the retina. If you see a sharp onset of flashes or floaters, or if you notice sudden excessive blurriness in your side or central vision, you could be experiencing some type of retinal detachment that should be treated as soon as possible.

How Your Optometrist in Wilmette Can Help with Flashes

If you are seeing flashes on a regular basis, it may be a sign of a serious eye condition. In some cases, surgery is recommended, especially if it seems like vision loss has occurred and is expected to continue. But not everyone opts for surgery, and in some cases, the risk feels too big. When long term limitations do occur, vision therapy may be an option. A vision therapist in Wilmette can help you work with the vision you have in order to get around whatever visual obstacles you face and get the most out of life.

At New Vision Optical Boutique in Wilmette, IL, we provide a wide variety of services that can help with both common and rare vision problems. Whether you need to correct nearsightedness or are facing a more complex vision issue, we are here to diagnose your problem, treat it the best we can, and help connect you with other eye care professionals if needed. With our personalized boutique atmosphere, you'll know that whatever happens, you'll have your Wilmette optometrist on your side. 

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for any vision concern, contact us at New Vision Optical Boutique in Wilmette, IL at 847-230-4796.


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