Vision Loss And Floaters Specialist

Associated Eye Physicians

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists located in Clifton, Elizabeth, Pompton Lakes & Westfield, NJ

Age-related eye problems are common, but not all lead to vision loss and floaters. At Associated Eye Physicians, with locations in New Jersey, including Clifton and Elizabeth, board-certified retina specialist, Alessandra Bertolucci, MD, and the team of experienced eye doctors provide the state-of-the-art technology and compassionate care for all types of vision loss, floaters, and eye diseases. They take the time to conduct a detailed examination to evaluate your overall eye health and any risk factors you may have that could lead to vision loss. To schedule your exam, call the office nearest you or book online.

Vision Loss and Floater Q & A

What causes vision loss?

Unfortunately, as you get older, you increase your risk of visual impairments. In fact, over the age of 65, you have a one in four chance of developing some type of vision loss. Common causes of age-related vision loss include:

  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Stroke
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Detached retina
  • Rental vein occlusion
  • Optic neuritis

Vision loss from eye conditions often takes place slowly, so you may not notice any symptoms until your vision is dramatically affected. Dr. Bertolucci evaluates your overall eye health, taking into consideration any other medical conditions, such as diabetes, that could increase your chances of vision loss as you get older. Regular eye exams by an experienced, board-certified eye doctor are essential and often your best defense for preventing vision loss and managing symptoms.

What vision loss symptoms should I be aware of?

Some of the symptoms you should pay attention to before they lead to permanent loss of vision include:

  • Flashing lights and floaters
  • Gray shadows in your vision
  • Sudden vision loss in one eye
  • Persistent eye pain
  • Eye injuries
  • Feeling like there’s always something in your eye
  • Blurry or distorted vision
  • Persistent redness in one or both eyes
  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Decreased peripheral vision
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Dark spots in your vision
  • Faded colors
  • Trouble seeing fine details

While each of these symptoms may not be cause for alarm, they may be signs that you’re developing a condition that could lead to vision loss, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Getting diagnosed and treated early can prevent permanent damage. Dr. Bertolucci and the team at Associated Eye Physicians offer the latest diagnostic technologies and treatments for all of these eye problems, and many years of experience.

What causes floaters?

Almost everyone sees floaters from time to time when tiny pieces of their eye’s vitreous (gel-like fluid) break loose in the back of their eye. The particles float around in the fluid, and you can see the shadows they cast on your retina as light passes through your eye. A few floaters every now and then isn’t cause for alarm, but if you see a shower of floaters and flashes of light, seek immediate care from your eye doctor.

When a bunch of floaters suddenly appears, it could be a sign that the vitreous is pulling away from your retina, or that your retina itself has become detached. A detached retina can lead to significant vision loss if not treated promptly by a retina specialist like Dr. Bertolucci.

If you experience floaters and other signs of vision loss at any age, contact the Associated Eye Physicians office closest to you or request the next available appointment online.