Flashing Spots & Floaters
The majority of the eye is taken up by a jelly like substance called the vitreous. When there are particles present in this part of the eye people may experience something known as floating spots. These are also known as little floaters and can affect vision.
As one gets older, these floating spots become more pronounced and, in some cases, can appear to the person as having spider-like appearance. If you notice that the floaters are getting more noticeable you should book an appointment.
Another condition some people may experience is flashing or flashes of light. Sometimes migraine can be the cause of this; but if you are seeing flashes accompanied by floaters it could easily be down to a slight tear in the retina area at the back of your eye. Loss of vision and long term damage could be experienced if this combination of conditions is ignored.
The part of the eye that deals with detailed vision is located at the back of the eye and forms the centre part of your eye – this area of the eye is known as the macula.
As with every other part of the body, eventually the macula deteriorates and wears out, this condition is commonly known as Age Related Macular Degeneration.
The initial signs of macular degeneration are:
- Objects and items you focus on become distorted and appear to change shape
- A line or object that is straight is now viewed as being bent or obscured in nature
If you suffer from this eye ailment simple things you take for granted like reading and driving will pose some difficulty than they normally would.
If you think that you could be experiencing symptoms of ARMD, acting early can prevent further damage to your eyesight.
Glaucoma – Symptoms & Treatment
This well known condition is caused by the fluid levels within the eye, and can damage the optic nerve.
Elevated intraocular pressure is a common side effect when one experiences glaucoma and peripheral vision can also be affected. Patients in the early stages will tend not to notice these signs as they start off very subtle. The commonest form of glaucoma is usually symptom free until there has been a permanent loss of vision. So early detection by regular eye examinations is vital.