Evaluation of flashes and floaters

While it is a normal life milestone to develop a posterior vitreous detachment (age-related shrinkage and separation of the vitreous gel from the retina), usually in one’s sixties, when this first occurs, associated with flashes and floaters, medical evaluation should be sought as soon as possible. This is because a posterior vitreous detachment may lead to a retinal tear or detachment within the first three months after its occurrence, especially during the first days of separation.

If a retinal tear is identified in a timely fashion before it progresses to a retinal detachment, it may be treated by laser retinopexy.