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Why do I see flashes of light when I close my eyes

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Many do: Its the normal way your retina fires off when tugged on by the vitreous (jelly) of the eye, or you are seeing little blood cells circulate. If this is ... Read More
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Dr. Felix Brizuela
32 years experience Neurology
Many potential: can be due to disease of the nerve to the eye, i.e. optic neuritis to a problem with the eye chamber itself, such as a detached retine, retinitis pigm ... Read More

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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ajay Gupta
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Flashes: Flashes are potentially a sign of a retinal tear or detachment and immediate evaluation is indicated. Other possible causes include intraocular infla ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Flashing lights: in visual field indicates a need for you to see your opthalmogist (eye doc) ASAP. It MAY be a retina that is detaching or it may be more minor. Eith ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
26 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Could be signs of ocular migraine. See your eye doctor for a complete work up
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alberto Varon Miller
Specializes in Family Medicine
Probably not : Using an expired Visine is highly unlikely to cause the symptoms you are describing. Besides that, it is more recommendable to just use artificial tea ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Notaroberto
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Your symptoms can be: one or two separate issues. Flashes of light seen in a dark room may be due to vitreous pulling the retina causing retinal traction, tears, breaks or ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
18 years experience LASIK Surgery
Flashing lights: Flashing lights in the eyes with the lights out cound be a sign of retinal issues (tears, breaks, or detachment), migraine headache related, or other ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Reiter
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Sinus disease?: Sinus congestion commonly causes pain behind both eyes and may be treated by OTC Flonase or decongestants like Sudafed as long as your blood pressure ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Normal: The eye and brain do not like to have a pattern of incoming information interrupted. When you close your eyes, the signal diminishes substantially an ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
21 years experience Hospital-based practice
When rt eye closed?: How do you know it's in your right EYE (as opposed to right FIELD of VISION)? Do the flashes of light (fol) go away when you close the right eye? Do t ... Read More

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