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A 40-year-old member asked:

I see light flashes in my eyes?

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Dr. Victor Bello
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Flashes of light: Like an egg has the "white", the eye has the vitreous gel. They are very similar. With age the vitreous undergoes liquefaction in pockets. When 2 or more pockets coalesce the vitreous collapses and its attachments to the peripheral retina "tugs" at it causing the flashes. In medicalese we call it photopsia. Should be checked as a retinal tear (rip) may occur with a retinal detachment.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
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 sudden, you must see ophthal promptly to rule out retinal tear.
A 38-year-old member asked:

I see strobe light flashes on the side of my eyes. What is this?

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Dr. Azhar Salahuddin
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
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.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the flashes of light in my eyes that I see in dark room?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
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 issues. You need to see an eye doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Why is it that i see flashing lights in my eyes?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Hussain Elhalis
Ophthalmology 12 years experience
The vitreous gel : that fills your eye is in constant contact with the retina, the film that allows you to see light in the back of your eye. Sometimes the vitreous gel tugs on the retina and this causes you to perceive a flash of light. You should have a dilated eye exam to make that the vitreous tugging did not cause a retinal tear or detachment. Be well.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Why do I see recurring flashes of light in front of my eyes?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neil Notaroberto
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
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 even detachments and should be evaluated. Lights seen in a zig-zag fashion may be from visual aura known as a 'scintillating scotoma" and is associated with a variation of migraine headaches. This as well can be evaluated by your Ophthalmologist.
Last updated Aug 18, 2013

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