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A 46-year-old member asked:

What can be done about having flashes of light in one of my eyes for few years?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
P;robably nothing: Flashes mostly occur from instability at the interface between the retina and the vitreous overlying it. While they can be an early warning of the risk of retinal detachment, most are benign - especially if the same pattern has persisted for many years. A look by a retinal specialist ophthalmologist would be reasonable to make sure there are no problems.

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A 53-year-old male asked:

If I have flashes of light in the corner of my eyes and seeing floaters, what should I do? Can something be done to stop this?

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Dr. Trevor Elmquist
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Get dilated exam: Get a dilated exam with scleral depression as soon as possible. Proper diagnosis is needed to decide if anything can be "done to stop this".
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It is important to get this examined immediately as mentioned above. There are several different potential causes of those symptoms, some of which, without prompt attention and treatment, can be serious.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

I see light flashes in my eyes?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Victor Bello
Ophthalmology 52 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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