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Floaters look like small specks, dots, circles, lines or cobwebs in your field of vision. They are often more noticeable when looking at a plain background, such as a white page, wall, or clear sky. While they seem to be in front of your eye, they are floating inside. Floaters are often small clumps of protein inside the gel-like substance called the vitreous that fills your eye. What you see are the shadows these clumps cast on your retina.

As we grow older, the vitreous gel starts to shrink, forming clumps or strands inside the eye. The process of the vitreous pulling away enough to separate from the back wall of the eye is called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). It often results in a larger often round floater that can be symptomatic.

Flashes can look like flashing lights or lightning streaks in your field of vision. They happen when the vitreous pulls on the retina.

Sometimes floaters and flashes signal conditions that can lead to vision loss. These symptoms can be alarming, especially if they develop very suddenly. To find out if a retinal tear or retinal detachment (have these be terms patients can click on that will take them to the retinal tear/detachment section) is occurring, you should be evaluated with a thorough retinal exam immediately if you notice the following symptoms, especially if you are over 45 years of age, have had an injury to your eyes or head, or if you have substantial nearsightedness:

  • A sudden increase in size and number of floaters
  • A sudden appearance of flashes
  • Having a shadow or curtain appear in your peripheral vision
  • Seeing a gray curtain moving across your field of vision
  • Having a sudden decrease in your central vision
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If you're EXPERIENCING ANY RETINA RELATED SYMPTOMS OR HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A RETINAL CONDITION AND WOULD LIKE A SECOND OPINION, PLEASE schedule a consultation WITH OUR RETINA SPECIALIST, PAMELA GOLCHET, M.D., AT THE BENJAMIN EYE INSTITUTE TODAY.

During your visit to our Los Angeles office, our esteemed retina specialist will provide you with a thorough retinal evaluation using the latest and most up-to-date technology to provide you with the best care possible.

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    Doe G.
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    Wow! I just had surgery by Dr. Benjamin  yesterday. Today I have 20-20, in that eye. Painless & perfect. I had no Idea, what I had been missing.
    Wonderful eye institute. Delightful & very efficient & up to date staff. Especially Myka. Treat yourself to good eye sight by the charming Dr. Benjamin. You will be in good hands.
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    I have had dry eyes for a quite sometime and had seen several physicians and got eye drops etc but not until I have seen  Dr. Benjamin I found how serious problem that it was. I had the most thorough and individual attention by Dr. Benjamin. He explained to me my problem and treatment options available. Dr. Benjamin and His staff  are very caring and they spend as much time with you as needed and one feels taken care of. I was given state of the art treatment for my dry eyes and my eyes went from feeling tired , red , scratchy and itchy to brilliantly glowing clear. Office is very serene and staff is attentive, pleasant and smiling. Dr. Benjamin is very down to earth and explains thoroughly that one understands what alis them. I will definitely  keep coming back for all my eye issues.

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    4/25/2019

    I wish I had come to Dr. Benjamin years ago!!!

    I have been hopping around between 3 eye doctors in the last few years complaining of severe eye pain, redness - so bad I haven't been able to wear contacts for a year. Every other doctor made a diagnosis in 2 minutes, prescribed a few things and sent me on my way. Nothing helped and the doctors kept saying my eyes looked fine despite my symptoms. Finally I saw Dr. Benjamin, and he listened to my concerns from top to bottom and did tests the other doctors never did! He made a brand new diagnosis which finally makes sense and fits my symptoms. He spent almost an hour with me which is unbelievable. I am so impressed with this place, even the front desk and other staff were so friendly. I'm so relieved and am looking forward to making a recovery with Dr. Benjamin and eventually getting LASIK.

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