Floaters and flashes in themselves are quite common and do not always mean you have a retinal tear or detachment. However, if they are suddenly more severe and you notice you are losing vision, you should call your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) right away.

See a simulation of what vision with a torn or detached retina looks like.

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Reviewed by Dr. Raj Maturi on Sept. 1, 2013

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