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Floaters and Flashes

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Floaters and flashes are common visual symptoms that can signal sight- or life-threatening disease but most often represent no significant morbidity. Determining the etiology, therefore, is of critical importance. Retinal tears and retinal detachments (RD), for example, which sometimes require emergency intervention, must be differentiated from benign etiologies such as uncomplicated vitreous detachment and migraine.

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  • Floaters and flashes in the eye
  • Eye floaters and flashes
  • Syneresis
  • Posterior vitreous detachment
  • Retinal tears and retinal detachment
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy
  • Migraine headache-associated visual auras

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  • American Academy of Ophthalmology. Basic and Clinical Science Course. Section 12. Retina and Vitreous, 2015–2016.

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Horowitz, J. (2019). Floaters and Flashes. In: Casper, D., Cioffi, G. (eds) The Columbia Guide to Basic Elements of Eye Care. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10886-1_5

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