Floaters and Flashes in Children: Care Instructions

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Eyeball and optic nerve

Floaters are spots and lines that "float" across your child's field of vision. These are caused by stray cells or strands of tissue inside the eyeball. Flashes are sparkles or lightning streaks. These occur in your child's side vision. This is called the peripheral vision.

Floaters and flashes usually aren't serious. But they can be annoying. If floaters bother your child, he or she can look up and then down. This may make them go away.

For now, your doctor doesn't think your child's symptoms are a sign of a more serious problem. But an eye examination is the only way to know for sure.

Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your child has vision changes.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • Your child sees new floaters.
  • Your child sees new flashes of light.
  • Your child does not get better as expected.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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Current as of: March 14, 2017