If you suspect you have flashes or floaters, book an eye consultation that includes:
- Clinical History
- Vision measurements
- Eye examination (dilated examination of the peripheral retinal to exclude retinal tears or retinal detachment)
- Retinal imaging tests (colour fundus photography and optical coherence tomography imaging)
An urgent assessment of the problem is warranted to help identify people with retinal detachment needing treatment. All patients with new floaters and flashing lights should have an eye examination and appropriate tests within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms wherever possible to help exclude a diagnosis of retinal detachment or retinal tear. If the problem turns out to be a separation of the gel (posterior vitreous detachment) with no evidence of retinal tears or retinal detachment then in most cases the symptoms should settle over time.
Contact us to book your consultation in St Albans.