Hecker Eye Care Associates
Ophthalmologists located in Greensboro, NC
If you see flashes or spots/floaters/spiderwebs in your field of vision, it could be a warning sign of an underlying condition. The caring team of eye care specialists at Hecker Eye Care Associates in Greensboro, North Carolina provide comprehensive eye exams and treatment for a wide range of eye problems. For exceptional eye care, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
Eye Problems Q & A
What are eye floaters?
A floater is a catch-all term for flecks/spots and cobweb-like shadows that drift across your field of vision. They’re most visible when you’re looking at something with a solid color background, like a light-colored wall or the clear-blue sky.
Most floaters are caused by changes in the vitreous, the jelly-like substance inside the eye. Due to aging, the vitreous shrinks. As the vitreous liquifies, fibers pull away and “float around,” casting a shadow on the retina.
Floaters are almost always harmless, but if you suddenly notice a lot more than usual or a new, large floater, a problem may be developing.
What causes eye flashes?
Flashes appear as lightning-like flashes of light or small twinkles of light in your vision. Normal, age-related changes in the vitreous can cause flashes of light. Infrequently, flashes are caused by a retinal tear or detachment, both of which are serious and need immediate treatment.
Symptoms of a retinal tear or detachment include:
- Sudden appearance of flashes (or floaters)
- Sudden increase in the amount of flashes (or floaters)
- Abrupt decrease in vision
- A veil or curtain covering your field of vision
If you have any or all of these noted symptoms, schedule an immediate appointment with Hecker Eye Care Associates by calling our office directly.
What types of eye diseases are there?
There are many different eye diseases and conditions, many of which are treatable. These include, but are not limited to:
- Macular Degeneration
- Glaucoma/Ocular Hypertension
- Retinal Detachment
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Dry Eyes/Allergies
Unfortunately, many eye diseases and problems have no obvious early warning signs. The best way to protect your sight and/or prevent a problem from advancing is to maintain regular eye examinations.
How are eye problems treated?
Treatment for each eye problem varies depending on the type of problem, how long you’ve had it, and your health history. At Hecker Eye Care Associates, the highly trained team of experts provide thorough, comprehensive eye examinations as well as treatment options
For award-winning eye care in the Piedmont Triad, call Hecker Eye Care Associates for an appointment or book online.