Flashes & Floaters
Once a PVD has occurred the risk of a retinal detachment is far less (although NOT completely eradicated). The risk is lowered as the primary source of traction to the retina, the vitreous pulling on the retina, is no longer present.
Another common cause for flashes and floaters symptoms is a migraine aura. This is another subject entirely, however, migraine does not just encompass a headache. If you see coloured patterns like zig-zags or kaleidoscope affects this can be due to a migraine visual aura. There does not always have to be a headache involved. The acid test is to check whether or not the symptoms occur in both eyes or just one. If in both eyes simultaneously it is very unlikely to be a retinal detachment issue. and much more likely to be a migraine aura. However, if you are not at all sure of this then we advise you to contact the practice for an emergency appointment as we can quickly rule out any concerns. It is not worth "leaving 'til the morning".
If you are at all concerned please contact the practice so that one of our Optometrists can advise you of the best course of action. See the section on Emergency Eyecare for more information on how we can help.