The Eye Gallery

Flashes & Floaters in Wichita

Book Appointment

Do You See Flashes of Light or Shadows?

Floaters, the squiggly lines that float in our vision, and flashes, the spots or streaks of light that sometimes appear in our vision, are two visual phenomena that most people will experience throughout their lives.

We see hundreds of patients every year at The Eye Gallery who mention seeing eye floaters or flashes in their vision. Although irritating, flashes and floaters are generally not medically dangerous.

However, the sudden onset of flashes or floaters may be a sign of a condition that could lead to vision loss. Always mention your flashes and floaters during your eye exams, just so your optometrist can rule out harmful eye conditions.

More About Flashes

What Are Flashes?

Sometimes called “flashers” and often described as “seeing stars,” flashes of light occur in our vision when the retina is physically stimulated. The retina is the part of the eye loaded with light-sensitive cells. These cells transmit light as visual signals to the brain via the optic nerve.

As we age, the vitreous, the clear gel-like fluid that gives the eye its shape, changes, shrinks, thickens, and can pull or rub on the retina, causing flashes in our vision.

Although it’s common to see flashes as we grow older, you can also see flashes if you’re physically hit in the eye or rub your eyes too hard, which applies force to the retina.

Flashes of light can also be a sign of a torn retina or retinal detachment or migraine headaches.

If you see a change in your flashes’ frequency, or if they appear almost like fireworks, you should see Dr. Baldwin as soon as possible.

More About Floaters

What Are Floaters?

Floaters are the shadows, specks, or “cobwebs” that sometimes float around in your field of vision. They dart away when you try to look right at them, and they drift around when your eyes are at rest.

Almost everyone will complain about seeing eye floaters at least once. They occur when the vitreous shrinks and becomes stringy as we age, and are natural proteins suspended inside.

Inside your eye is a gel-like substance called the vitreous. As we age, the vitreous changes consistency, and microscopic clumps of protein form, casting shadows onto the retina as light passes through the eye. These are what become the floaters in our vision.

Floaters are usually harmless—a natural part of getting older.

However, a sudden and significant increase in the volume of floaters should be investigated by an eye care professional immediately. A sudden increase in floaters may indicate a developing eye disease or other eye condition, like infection, uveitis, hemorrhage, retinal tears or detachment, or injury.

Our Services

Our Location

Our Address

2146 Collective Lane #110
Wichita, KS 67206

Contact Information

Phone: (316) 315-0321
info@eyegalleryks.com

Our Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 AM
Wednesday
9 AM7 PM
Thursday
9 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Testimonials

Our Blog

How To Protect Your Eyes From Digital Eye Strain

How To Protect Your Eyes From Digital Eye Strain

Many Americans experience dry eyes and sore necks after working on the computer. This condition is known as digital eye strain, and it can be irritating and uncomfortable. Before you book an eye exam, is there any way you can protect your eyes from digital eye strain? Continue reading to learn more about this condition […]

Read More…

October 12, 2021
0
Eye Care, Eye Health Conditions

Many Americans experience dry eyes and sore necks after working on the computer. This condition is known as digital eye strain, and it can be irritating and uncomfortable. Before you book an eye exam, is there any way you can protect your eyes from digital eye strain? Continue reading to learn more about this condition […]

Read More…

Are Eye Exams Covered by Medicare & Medicaid?

Are Eye Exams Covered by Medicare & Medicaid?

There are a lot of questions when it comes to your regular eye exams. For example, you may wonder what happens during an eye exam, why they are essential, or how you will pay for it.  In regards to paying for your eyecare appointment, there are several payment options available to you. Medicare and Medicaid […]

Read More…

September 22, 2021
0
Eye Care, Eye Exam

There are a lot of questions when it comes to your regular eye exams. For example, you may wonder what happens during an eye exam, why they are essential, or how you will pay for it.  In regards to paying for your eyecare appointment, there are several payment options available to you. Medicare and Medicaid […]

Read More…

The Importance of Eye Exams For Children

The Importance of Eye Exams For Children

Your optometrist does more than test your vision in an eye exam; they can identify several eye conditions and diseases. Children need regular eye exams as they develop and grow into adulthood.   How important are eye exams for children? Continue reading to learn more about the importance of children’s eye exams, including what happens during […]

Read More…

August 24, 2021
0
Children’s eye health, Eye Care, Eye Exam

Your optometrist does more than test your vision in an eye exam; they can identify several eye conditions and diseases. Children need regular eye exams as they develop and grow into adulthood.   How important are eye exams for children? Continue reading to learn more about the importance of children’s eye exams, including what happens during […]

Read More…

Instagram

This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No connected account.

Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to connect an account.

instagram facebook facebook2 pinterest twitter google-plus google linkedin2 yelp youtube phone location calendar share2 link star-full star-half star star-half chevron-right chevron-left chevron-down chevron-up envelope fax