Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/97405
Type: Journal article
Title: Flashes and floaters: a practical approach to assessment and management
Author: Kahawita, S.
Simon, S.
Gilhotra, J.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2014; 43(4):201-203
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0300-8495
Statement of
Responsibility: 
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
RMID: 0030025031
Published version: http://www.racgp.org.au/download/Documents/AFP/2014/April/201404Kahawita.pdf
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