A 60-year-old male asked:
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I have bright flashes occurring in the peripheral vision of my left eye when I am in the dark. What does it mean?

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Dr. Stanley Katz
46 years experience in Dermatology
See ophthalmologist : this could be beginnings of a detached retina...or simply nothing serious. Need eye doc to fully exam your eyes to determine exact dx. I personally had similar problem this past year. Fortunately, it was not a retinal tare. However, a friend of mine had the real deal and needed laser repair of his retina...he's doing fine.
Answered on Dec 16, 2018

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