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|Title:||Flashes and floaters: a practical approach to assessment and management|
|Citation:||Australian Family Physician, 2014; 43(4):201-203|
|Publisher:||Royal Australian College of General|
|Shyalle Kahawita, Sumu Simon, Jolly Gilhotra|
|Abstract:||BACKGROUND: Flashes and floaters are common ophthalmic issues for which patients may initially present to their general practitioner. It may be a sign of benign, age-related changes of the vitreous or more serious retinal detachment. OBJECTIVE: This article provides a guide to the assessment and management of a patient presenting with flashes and floaters. DISCUSSION: Although most patients presenting with flashes and floaters have benign age-related changes, they must be referred to an ophthalmologist to rule out sight-threatening conditions. Key examination features include the nature of the flashes and floaters, whether one or both eyes are affected and changes in visual acuity or visual field.|
|Keywords:||eye diseases; vision disorders|
|Rights:||Copyright status unknown|
|Appears in Collections:||Opthalmology & Visual Sciences publications|
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