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Why does white light flash before my eyes as soon as I close them in the dark?

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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Can a camera flash really damage a baby's eyes?

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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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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If you wear contact lenses, wear glasses when eye is infected
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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Clean face towels with hot water separately if pink eye
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Why do I see flashes of light when I close my eyes?

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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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Prevent future eye infections by washing hands and not touching eyes
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Clean the affected eye carefully with water
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See an ophthalmologist
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Take any needed medicine as prescribed
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I have sudden flashes of light in my eyes sometimes?

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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What causes light flashes in front of your eyes?

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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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Hands off! Don't spread infection.
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Clean, warm, moist compresses
20 min, 4x day for 1 weeks
See doctor for Antibiotic eyedrops - keep the dropper clean
4x day
Antihistamines to reduce irritation
every 4-6 hours
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What does it mean if you see light flashes instead of pitch black when you close your eyes?

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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