Dr. Julie Furlan, MD, a vitreoretinal specialist and surgeon with The Everett Clinic discusses retinal tears. Lots of people walk around with "floaters" in their eyes. If you are experiencing a new floater and it is accompanied by flashing light, you might have a retinal tear forming. Retinal tears can be treated easily when they are first forming and can save a patient's eyes. During your exam, if any new tears are discovered, they can fixed on the spot.