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Floaters look like small, dark spots or flecks that appear to move around in your vision. They are more common if you are myopic (short-sighted) or if you have had eye surgery such as cataract surgery. Flashes look like random flashes of light in the eye, often in an arc shape in your peripheral vision, and more obvious at night or in low light levels. They are usually as a result of the movement of the vitreous jelly which fills the eyeball and is attached to the retina at the back of the eye.
Both are very common, especially in older people, and more often than not they are nothing to worry about
However occasionally flashes and floaters can be a sign of retinal detachment, a condition which requires urgent attention. You should contact your optometrist for advice if you experience the following:
then you should seek advice immediately from an optometrist and if one isn’t available you must visit another medical professional, such as your A & E department urgently.