#12 | September 19, 2017

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Eye Care Tip of the Week #12

See your eye doctor within 24-48 hours of seeing flashes or floaters.

Seeing flashes or new floaters in your vision is a common emergency that patients present to our clinic with. The problem though is that most people wait too long before seeing us, hoping their symptoms will disappear.

Our primary concern is ruling out a retinal detachment which is a potentially serious sight threatening condition. Delaying seeing a doctor when you notice these vision changes may result in a delayed diagnosis, treatment and a worse potential outcome. 

If you ever see flashes of light in your eyes or new floaters, you should be examined by an optometrist within 24-48 hours. If you experience a corresponding reduction in your vision, we should see you right away.

Emergency visits such as these are covered under Alberta Health Care. 

This Eye Care Tip of the Week is brought to you by: Dr. Ross McKenzie