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A 33-year-old female asked:

when i try fall asleep at night i get these strange electric flashes when i close my eyes. what could this be?

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Dr. Daniel Gradin
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Vitreous traction: One possible cause is tension or pulling on the small fibers in the vitreous jelly of the eye. It would be best to have an exam with your eye doctor to make sure that there is not a retina problem.

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At night, it's harder for me to open my eyes. I wear contacts. Should I stop wearing them?

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Maybe: If you are finding your contacts more difficult to tolerate, you may have a poor fit or an irritation related to the solution you are using. If your vision is unaffected and your eyes otherwise feel fine, you might start by trying a hydrogen peroxide solution like ciba clear care (it works differently - read the directions carefully). When in doubt, though, be sure to see your eyecare provider.
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Many possible causes: See your doctor for this. Although this may be nothing serious, your doctor needs to get a more thorough history and perform a physical and neurological exam. If warranted, your doctor may advise a cat scan or MRI of the brain/head. If your doctor can not determine the cause he/she may refer you to a neurologist and an ophthalmologist. See your doctor for this.
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A 39-year-old female asked:

Why are my eyes blurry at night with my contacts?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Dry eyes: Your eyes are probably dry from the long wear time and/or from underlying tear deficiency. Try taking them out and wear your glasses if needed. This is probably the best solution. You may also try contact lens friendly artificial tears, such as refresh optive. Another thought might be your age and the development of presbyopia, in which reading glasses worn over the contacts may help your reading.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

I get occasional blurry spots in my eyes. Most of the time its in the morning, or late at night while watching tv. What is this?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Dry or allergy: You are a bit young for dry eye unless you have other medical conditions or are taking medicines that can cause dry eye. Computer use, tv and excessive reading can reduce blink rate and exacerbate dry eye. Try a lubricating eye drop when you have to read for an extended period of time, at the end of the day and when you are going to be in a hot / dry / windy / air-conditioned environment.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

Why do my eyes dry at night ? And is there a cure for it ?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Common problem: Tear flow drops at night and sometimes below subjective threshold so you feel it at that time. Be sure their are no fans playing on your bed, that you are well hydrated, and you can add a squirt of plain eye ointment before you sleep to help. If the condition persists and is too uncomfortable to live with, see your ophthalmologist for further options.

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