For the past 20 years my floaters and flashers have been making me crazy! They’ve calmed down a bit in the last couple of years but they are still bothersome and my eye doctor says nothing can be done to fix them.
Floaters and flashers are a natural part of getting older though a sudden onset of either could mean retina trouble and you should see your ophthalmologist immediately if you experience floaters and flashers in an unordinary way.
If you are lucky enough to not have a clue what “floaters and flashers” means consider yourself blessed and clear-eyed and get out of my sight!
For the rest of us who have to deal with floaters and flashers we must
fight reality and falsity right before our eyes.
Floaters are cellular gunk that travels around inside your eye.
Floaters come in all shapes and sizes.
My floaters appear like a single strands of hair and I can especially see them when I’m in a dark room watching a bright screen so when I see a movie or watch television in the dark or when I use my computer late at night my floaters come out and swim in my field of vision. Sometimes my floaters are more entertaining than the movies
You can unfocus your eyes and meditate while watching the floaters flow by but if you’re trying to get serious work done on a deadline your floaters can sell you down the wrong river by continuously wading into your line of sight.
The trick to dealing with floaters is to keep your eyes still so the floaters will float down and settle out of your field of view.
If you move your eye around too much they get all stirred up again just like snowflakes in a snow globe and you have to wait all over again for them
to calm down.
My floaters make me edgy when I feel I see something out of the corner of my eye — a mugger sneaking up on me, a cat climbing into an active fireplace, a truck bearing down on me — when it is all only another floater passing through my eye.
I have to honor all those alarms, though, because when you’re out in the world you can’t know if you’re sensing a floater or real danger so I have a habit of always looking around a lot just to make sure I am properly defining the reality surrounding me.
Flashers come in all sizes and intensities.
Mine tend to be instantaneous pinpoints of blue or white light that looks like the snow you would get on old television sets from channels without a broadcast station.
I can handle my flashers better than my floaters because a flasher, while annoying, is immediately identifiable as an experience.
Floaters and flashers are a natural part of seeing — or not seeing! — for many of us and I accept them as a station of my life. I just wish I could blink them away at will instead of them willfully making me blink first.