“Floaters” are easily one of the most common conditions that we answer questions about. These little spots that annoy and distract are something that many of us live with. I recently came across this TedTalk video that does a great job describing just what these little guys are all about. Take 4 minutes 5 seconds and check it out.

Now most of the time floaters are harmless. They can however, be a sign of impending problems. So if you see bright flickers or flashes followed by new floaters, especially that seem to really block or blur your vision, or if you see a influx of lots of new floaters over a short period of time then you need to get your eyes checked out ASAP.

When are Eye Floaters and Flashes a Medical Emergency?

A thorough dilated eye exam will quickly determine if your floaters are the normal and annoying variety or a problem that needs intervention by a retinal specialist.