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Dr. Yale Kanter
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
56 years in practice
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Why does white light flash before my eyes as soon as I close them in the dark?

Dr. Yale Kanter
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
56 years in practice
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Why does white light flash before my eyes as soon as I close them in the dark?

Light flash phenomen: This may represent a physiological retinal phenomenon, but if it is giving you concern you should seek a retinal consultation to verify that you have no retinal pathology of concern. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
34 years in practice
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Can a camera flash really damage a baby's eyes?

Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
34 years in practice
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Can a camera flash really damage a baby's eyes?

Not likely: Lengthy exposure to very bright artificial light may possibly damage the retina, but a brief camera flash is quite unlikely to cause any serious harm. Sunlight, on the other hand, can be very dangerous even with brief exposure due to the high levels of ultraviolet light contained in sunshine. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Felix Brizuela
Board Certified, Neurology
27 years in practice
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Why do I see flashes of light when I close my eyes?

Dr. Felix Brizuela
Board Certified, Neurology
27 years in practice
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Why do I see flashes of light when I close my eyes?

Many potential: can be due to disease of the nerve to the eye, i.e. optic neuritis to a problem with the eye chamber itself, such as a detached retine, retinitis pigmentosa... Can also be a migraine phenomenom if brief and associated (followed by ) a headache. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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I sometimes see flashes of light floating in front of me. Are my eyes going bad?

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
21 years in practice
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I sometimes see flashes of light floating in front of me. Are my eyes going bad?

No: Could be signs of ocular migraine. See your eye doctor for a complete work up ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
34 years in practice
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I have sudden flashes of light in my eyes sometimes?

Dr. Jeffrey Paul
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
34 years in practice
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I have sudden flashes of light in my eyes sometimes?

Common, but check: Flashes of light are a common symptom in an ophthlmology office. Most often, it is not a sign of a serious problem. Rarely, especially if the flashes are new and accompanied by a sudden onset of dark spots called "floaters" in your vision, it can be a sign of a tear in the retina, a possible first stage of a retinal detachment, which is treatable but can lead to loss of vision. Have it checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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What causes light flashes in front of your eyes?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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Migraines: Migraine auras can be associated with flashing lights, and both vitreous and retinal detachments can be associated with light flashes. Even rubbing your eyes can cause transient light flashes. But repetitive spontaneous flashes need evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Matheson Harris
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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What does it mean if you see light flashes instead of pitch black when you close your eyes?

Dr. Matheson Harris
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
11 years in practice
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What does it mean if you see light flashes instead of pitch black when you close your eyes?

Retinal phenomenon: Flashes of light can be due to stimulation of the retinal by either external pressure on the eye, or by pulling on the retina by the vitreous strands within the eye. These flashes are generally very short lived. Longer lasting lights that may form patterns can be due to migraine aura. It is a good idea to have a dilated exam if this is a new or common occurence, especially with new floaters. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Mindlin
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
45 years in practice
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What could be wrong if my eyes keep seeing light flashes, espescially in the dark?

Dr. Alan Mindlin
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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What could be wrong if my eyes keep seeing light flashes, espescially in the dark?

Aging: This can be a sign of vitreous detachment/degeneration due to aging. The signs can also be that of a retinal detachment that if caught early can usually be repaired successfully. You need to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Nayana Trivedi
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Laid down to sleep. When i closed my eyes i saw flashing white light. Like a strobe light. Only when i close my eyes. Cause for concern?

Dr. Nayana Trivedi
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Laid down to sleep. When i closed my eyes i saw flashing white light. Like a strobe light. Only when i close my eyes. Cause for concern?

No: If it happened once; no reason for any concern. If happens repeatedly and associated with headache/dizziness or vertigo some times then you should see your doctor for possibility of migrain. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
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What can be done about having flashes of light in one of my eyes for few years?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
47 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

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