Have you ever noticed small spots or strings float across your vision, or noticed a flash of light off to the side? Occasionally we can experience these visual phenomenon as a result of normal changing occurring within the eye. While they can be alarming, annoying, or distracting, they are typically harmless symptoms. However, in rare occurrences, flashes and floaters may be symptoms of a more serious ocular condition, such as a retinal tear or detachment. The best way to determine whether flashes or floaters are a benign symptom or a sign of a harmful condition is to visit your eye doctor, who can determine whether or not your ocular health is at risk.