It’s common to see faint objects resembling dots, lines, cobwebs or bits of seaweed floating in front of either of your eyes. They are referred to as floaters. Sometimes you may even experience intermittent flashing lights for several moments. These symptoms may signify posterior vitreous separation.
This condition is fairly common and occurs when the vitreous gel in the interior of the eye pulls away from the retina. Generally, this can be harmless, but sometimes some strands of vitreous can tug on the retina and lead to tiny holes within the peripheral retina.
If left alone, these holes can sometimes lead to retinal detachment. That’s why your ophthalmologist will search for retinal holes during your examination. If any are found, they can be sealed with the laser before they cause long term trouble.
The eye will also be rechecked at a follow-up visit two to three months later. By this time most of the retinal traction will have settled.
It’s also important that you monitor your own condition, and report back sooner than if you notice any change in symptoms such as the following: