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Floaters and Flashes

What causes floaters in the eye?

A floater is caused by opacity in the vitreous humour (the gel inside the eye). This is commonly the result of shrinkage of the vitreous, called a posterior vitreous detachment. If it happens suddenly, it may give rise to retinal breaks and detachment.

Floaters and Flashes


What are the symptoms of a retinal break?

The sudden appearance of new floaters or a large floater (often described as seeing a cobweb) may be associated with a retinal break. Often the patient also sees flashes of light, especially in the dark or with the eyes closed.

If this should happen to you, you should see your eye specialist as soon as possible. Early treatment with a LASER in the consultation room may prevent a much more serious retinal detachment.

How is a retinal break treated?

A retinal break is treated with a special type of LASER. Usually a lens is placed in front of the eye, and a LASER beam is focussed on the retina. The retinal break is surrounded with the LASER, which forms an adhesion of the retina to prevent extension of the break and a retinal detachment.

Some retinal breaks may need to be treated with surgery.


More than half a century's worth of combined practice, professionalism, and utmost dedication to their fields of expertise assure patients that they're in the hands of experienced ophthalmologists.



The George Surgical Centre, established in 2012, is a world-class day hospital dedicated to modern Eye Surgery. Other procedures such as Cosmetic Surgery, is also performed here. Easy access via George Airport enables service delivery to patients from other areas outside the Southern Cape.



Garden Route Eye Clinic is equipped to perform specialist eye treatment and advanced eye surgery. We utilise only the latest methods and modern equipment to ensure that our patients receive the best possible eye treatment.


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