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Flashes look like twinkles or curved lightning streaks in the peripheral vision. They are most visible when the eye quickly moves left and right in a dark environment. Floaters are small flecks or shadows that move in your field of vision as you look at a bare wall or a clear sky. Most people normally experience a few floaters, but tend to notice them if they become more prominent.
If you have a sudden change in the quality or quantity of your floaters, new "flashers", or if a dark curtain begins to move toward the center of your vision, we recommend calling our office immediately! You could be experiencing a torn retina, which can lead to detachment and blindness. We will see you as an urgent appointment.