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What you can do about floaters and flashes in the eye

April 16, 2020
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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August 1, 2013

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Catalin Peteleu
July 25, 2013

My name is Catalin Peteleu, age40, Romanian.
On 28.09.2010 I was involved in a car accident, suffering an injury on the right side of my head.
After 1 hour (while I was already in the ER of the nearby hospital), I started seeing on both eyes some moving black-grey spots and some bright dots. I was therefore transferred to the Ophthalmology ward, and after their exam I was told that I suffered some macular hemorrhages and I see those spots and dots as result of these hemorrhages, but they will eventually disappear in a few days.
They still haven’t disappeared since, and in a couple of weeks their number grew, and currently after almost three years, they affect most area of my visual field.
In all this time I underwent several exams and medical investigations at different doctors at various medical facilities, having countless OCTs, and followed the different treatments these doctors prescribed (Nutrof,Vitreoxygen,Vitreoclar and many more), but without even the slightest improvement. At the follow-up visits to each of these doctors I was told to keep the prescribed treatment to stop these spots+dots increasing, and to start adapting to this ailment cause there is no surgical nor laser method of removing these spots.
Till the day the Romanian doctors weren’t able to even tell me the name of this illness (Miodesopsy).
After some personal web research I have discovered the website of your Clinic and the described laser treatment methods, therefore I kindly ask you to let me know what medical papers I have send you in order to attend a treatment at your Clinic, what cost should I expect for the intervention(s) and any other aspect I have to consider for having this done.

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July 22, 2013

Nice article on about floaters and flashes.This article has good information.Thanks for sharing.

July 17, 2013

earlier i had flashes problem in left eye and i lost around 70% of vision due to some nerve damage in the eye.
now i am facing in right eye some floaters and flashes .it was increasing day by day . i have consulted eye specialist and neuro doctor . they have given some medicines to use and i havent find any reduce and it was increasing day by day.
please give me any suggestion and i was so scared of it because i have already lost left eye.

Amy Brennan
July 13, 2013

G.Z. Qian what meds did you take? My doctor said that it will go away with time or that my brain will get used to it and I won’t realize that it is there. This is very annoying.

June 30, 2013

About 2 years ago in high summer, my left eye experienced floaters and flashes and it scared me a lot. They gradually disppeared as meds were taken regularly. I’d say it took monthes to recover. Now the right one began the same things, again in those hot summer days, though not that severe this time. Luckily I still have some meds ready. BTW,I’m male,68. Normal, eh?

daniel warth
July 31, 2013

Hi. What kind of medicine were you given?

Look forward to your reply.

Thank you.

June 17, 2013

Great article and this is a great treatment for people. its giving best knowledge about floaters and flashes..

June 13, 2013

Great article. It is important for people to have their eyes examined even if they don’t notice anything wrong. And especially if they are having trouble seeing or see “floater” in their normal vision.

Vijay Vaishnav
June 12, 2013

A type of therapy that has been found to be very effective in the treatment of floaters as well as conditions like uveitis, etc. is Homeopathy- an alternative therapy licensed and recognized in many nations.

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June 11, 2013

Great article for my study. I think you are giving best of Knowledge in this post. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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