+65 6339 8936


Mt Elizabeth Novena Hospital, #10-21

+65 6339 8936

Floaters And Flashes


What are floaters and flashes?

Floaters are small specks, "cobwebs" or clouds moving in your field of vision. Flashes of light resemble lightning streaks, or can be perceived as pinpoint bursts of light. Floaters commonly occur due to shrinkage of the vitreous gel in the eye as a person ages. Flashes result when the vitreous pulls on the retina surface, commonly from age-related shrinkage of the vitreous gel. 

Why should people with new onset floaters and/or flashes see an ophthalmologist?

It is not always possible to distinguish between the causes of new floaters in the eye, therefore it is essential to have an early eye examination to exclude retinal tears or retinal detachment. 

Even if you have had some floaters for years, you should have an eye examination if you notice new ones.


How are floaters and flashes treated?


Treatment depends on the underlying condition. Retinal tears may require eye laser treatment, while retinal detachment resulting from a long-standing untreated retinal tear may require surgery. However, most cases of floaters do not require any treatment. 

While some floaters may remain in your vision, most will fade with time and become less bothersome.


Mt Elizabeth Novena Hospital
38 Irrawaddy Road, #10-21
Singapore 329563

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Saturday: 830am to 1230pm