Vivid Eye Care | Cranston Market Optometry | Calgary
356 Cranston Rd SE #1020 Calgary AB T3M 0S9 (403) 724-0101
(587) 323-4302

Calgary, AB |403.724.0101

Flashes & Floaters

Suddenly Seeing Flashes or Floaters? Visit Us Immediately.

Eye flashes and floaters are a relatively common condition, experienced by almost everyone to some degree especially as we get older. Generally a misunderstood phenomenon, flashes and floaters can be the result of serious eye conditions such as a retinal tear.

When Should You Visit an Optometrist?

The general rule is: if it is your first time experience either flashes or floaters, come pay us a visit.

In most cases, flashes/floaters are benign; harmless. However, in some cases, they can be a symptom of a developing eye disease (such as a detached retina) or a sign of a more serious problem that is developing.

If you experience a change in the size, shape, or amount of floaters/flashes you experience, please visit us for an assessment.

Eye Flashes

Flashes often look like flashing or streaking lights in your field of vision. Eye flashes occur as the result of vitreous gel inside your eye rubbing or pulling on the retina.


  • Specks or “lines’ of light that persist in vision
  • Sparkles or streaks of light that move, especially near the periphery of your vision

Eye Floaters

Floaters appear in your field of vision as moving objects resembling small specks, dots, circles or cobwebs. Eye floaters are the result of vitreous gel pulling away from the back wall of the eye, resulting in a posterior vitreous detachment. Floaters can be a sign that your retina is, or could become torn.


  • Translucent or opaque lines, dots, or “flecks” that appear to float near the edges of your vision
  • Floaters change position when you try to focus on them

Vivid Eye Care – We Can Assess Flashes and Floaters

In most cases, flashes and floaters are triggered by external, non-eye-related events such as taking a light knock on your head or a forceful sneeze. In such unharmful cases, the retina is simply receiving a brief physical stimulation and the symptoms do not linger on long after.

However, if you are suddenly experiencing flashes or floaters more frequently and/or with a greater level of severity, you should book an appointment at Vivid Eye Care to get an assessment. As mentioned earlier, the symptoms do have the potential to be signalling the onset of a retinal issue, such as a tear or detachment or the development of an eye disease.

Our Location

Our office is part of the Cranston Market Clinic and is just two minutes off of Deerfoot Trail. Vivid Eye Care is in the same plaza as the Sobey’s and Scotiabank.

Communities We Serve

  • Cranston
  • Seton
  • Auburn Bay
  • McKenzie Lake
  • De Winton
  • Heritage Pointe
  • Mahogany
  • Chaparral
  • McKenzie Towne
  • Douglasdale
  • Quarry Park
  • Willow Park


356 Cranston Road SE #1020
Calgary, AB T3M 0S9

Contact Us:

Phone: +1 (403) 724-0101

+1 (403) 724-0107


Monday 8am - 8pm
Tuesday 9am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 8pm
Thursday 9am - 5:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:00pm
Saturday 9am - 2:00pm
Sunday Closed

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