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The symptoms of floaters and flashing lights are some of the most common met in optometric practice. Flashes & Floaters looks at the best way to differentiate those that are caused by innocuous or less worrying conditions, such as ageing and migraine, and those that may be a result of vitreous and retinal changes that, in a few cases, may be indications of more serious and possibly sight-threatening disease.

Using live footage and animation, the processes of vitreous degeneration, vitreous detachment and retinal detachment are explained. The programme also provides optometrists with guidance on the best way to assess the patient, through careful questioning and a sensible sequence of clinical techniques. Management is discussed against the background of various risk factors and clinical pre-disposing signs to help optometrists decide the nature of the cause and the appropriate management, and to make the right decisions on referral.

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