Diagnosis and treatment

Treatment for flashes and floaters

Generally, people should not be concerned about seeing one or two floaters in their vision if they’ve been there for some time. However, if you see the sudden onset of floaters that have not been there before, especially if they are accompanied by flashing lights, you should seek an urgent review from an eye specialist.

Treatment for eye floaters is rarely required and over time, as your brain adjusts to their presence, eye floaters will become less noticeable, and flashes will disappear. Sometimes dark glasses for eye floaters may be useful in minimising them if they are becoming an annoyance. In some cases, after PVD or secondary to an eye condition, floaters can become persistent, annoying and obstruct the vision, especially in some lighting conditions such as using the computer or driving on a sunny day. In these cases you may want to consider treating the floaters.

You should only seek eye floaters treatment if they start to affect your vision. If this is the case, you should consult an ophthalmologist, optometrist or visit your GP. They will be able to check your eyes to see if you require further treatment or tests.

Flashes and floaters treatment is available at Moorfields Private

You can self-fund or use private medical insurance to fund your treatment.

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