A member asked:

I sometimes see flashing lights in my eyes, what is it?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Azhar Salahuddin answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Get checked: Much like you feel pain when you pull on your skin, you see flashes when something tugs on your retina. It is usually a sign of the vitreous (the gel in your eye) shrinking and pulling on your retina and this can result in a retinal tear. You should get checked by an eye doc asap.

Answered 5/8/2021


Dr. Richard Scartozzi answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

Potentially: New or worse floaters, flashing lights in your vision and/or part of your peripheral vision missing, require a dilated retinal exam by an eye doctor urgently. Do not delay. It could indicate a problem like a retinal tear or retinal detachment. It could also be an ocular migraine.

Answered 9/1/2018



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