The importance of peripheral fundus examination in patients with floaters and flashing symptoms

Poster Details

First Author: M.Zengin TURKEY

Co Author(s):    O. Karti   S. Kerci   T. Kusbeci                       

Abstract Details


We aimed to evaluate retinal tears and refractive values in patients with flashing and floaters symptoms


Prospective study


This is a prospective study of 21 consecutive patients presenting with symptoms of floaters, and/or flashes were examined acutely by a retinal specialist (MOZ) at a private ophthalmic Clinic in Izmir, Turkey, between June 2010 and April 2015. The history of seeing a single floater as a black dot or line or web, multiple floaters or floaters with flashing, duration of symptoms, family history of RD or detachment in the fellow eye were recorded. Eye examination included visual acuity measurement, tonometry, refractive error measurement, examination of anterior segment with biomicroscopy and posterior segment using slit-lamp, indirect ophthalmoscopy, +90 Diopter lens, and Goldmann 3-mirror contact lens biomicroscopy.


The study group included 21 patients (6 men). The mean age was 54.23 ± 14.03 (range, 15-75) years, and the mean spherical equivalent +0.38 ± 1.41 (range, -3.75 to +4.00) diopters. The mean follow-up was 79 ± 105 days (2-360 days). Only two patients (9%) had retinal tears. Both were in superior-temporal quadrants. Retinal deteachment was not occured during follow up.


Unrecognized retinal tears in patients with acute posterior vitreous detachment can cause subsequent retinal detachment. Therefore, it is important to perform detailed fundus examination in patients who have flashing or floaters symptoms irrespective of refractive values

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