Can floaters be removed?
Floaters may be an indication of a tear in the retina, which is a serious problem. If a retinal tear is not treated, the retina may detach from the back of the eye. The only treatment for a detached retina is surgery. Other floaters are harmless and fade over time or become less bothersome, requiring no treatment. Surgery to remove floaters is almost never required. Vitamin therapy will not cause floaters to disappear.
Even if you have had floaters for years, you should schedule an eye examination with your ophthalmologist on sudden appearance of any new ones.
What causes flashing lights?
When the vitreous gel rubs or pulls on the retina, you may see what look like flashing lights or lighting streaks. You may have experienced this same sensation if you have ever been hit in the eye and seen “STARS.” The flashes of light can appear off and on for several weeks or months. As we grow older, it is more common to experience flashes. You should contact your ophthalmologist immediately, in case the retina has been torn.