What do floaters with flashes of light mean?

Flashes of light and new floaters are a combination of symptoms that causes concern in every ophthalmologist, as they may indicate a tear in the retina or the beginnings of a retinal detachment. Many patients have these symptom and are told by their ophthalmologist that everything is fine, but a small percentage of people with these symptoms need serious treatment and are at some degree of risk for the loss of all of the sight in the eye.    
A comprehensive examination of your eyes by an ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) is required immediately.

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