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I keep seeing very brief faint flashes of light. Is that reflections off floaters?

I keep seeing very brief faint flashes of light.  Is that reflections off floaters?

Flashing light: Flashes of light, regardless of how brief or faint, if recurring should make you call your eye md. It could represent a migraine variant, or the vitreous pulling on your retina and may be an early warning sign for impending retinal detachment. ...Read more

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Dr. Keshav Narain
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Floaters (Definition)

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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?

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?

See Ophthalmologist: You should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist within 48 hours of developing symptoms of flashing lights and new floaters . These symptoms suggest that a posterior vitreous detachment is occurring and may put you at risk for a retinal tear or detachment. ...Read more

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Can someone see flashes of light caused by moving positions too fast? Would this be a concern if they DON'T happen often? Floaters too.

Yes: Sounds like you may have had a temporary decrease in blood flow to your optic nerve and retina from abrupt alterations in your positioning. I would be worried only if this happens when your not moving around abruptly. I would see a doctor for a depressed exam for the floaters to make sure you don't have a tear. ...Read more

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I was punched straight in the eye so hard. A day after, I've been seeing white flashes of light in the outer right corner of my r eye but no floaters ?

I was punched straight in the eye so hard. A day after, I've been seeing white flashes of light in the outer right corner of my r eye but no floaters ?

Retinal traction?: This could be a sign that the retina has sustained some damage or has some traction on it from the vitreous gel. A dilated eye exam would be a really good idea as soon as possible to rule out a retinal tear. ...Read more

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Can anyone explain me how u see flashes of lights i only see eye floaters not flashes of light how it can be visible?Wat they look like?

Can anyone explain me how u see flashes of lights i only see eye floaters not flashes of light how it can be visible?Wat they look like?

Mostly older folks: Most flashes of light originating within the eye are due to the semi-fluid vitreous fluid jiggling the underlying retina. The retina has no nerves of pain, motion, pressure, etc. It can only register a light signal and will do so under this stimulus. It appears usually as a streak of light peripherally. Since this can also occur with retinal detachment, it is useful to see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Should i go to emergency room or make appointment with my reguar g.P. First? Have a "floater" the size of a pea in my right eye. Am also seeing occasional flashes of light in that eye. The eye is also mildly aching and feels like it has pressure in it.

Should i go to emergency room or make appointment with my reguar g.P. First? Have a "floater" the size of a pea in my right eye. Am also seeing occasional flashes of light in that eye.  The eye is also mildly aching and feels like it has pressure in it.

You : You need to see an ophthalmologist within 24-48 hours. The E.R. Might have an eye doctor on-call, but you may be better off going right to the source. Call a nearby eyedoc, and describe your symptoms. They should see you same day as an emergency! ...Read more

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I saw several black spots (floaters) in the top of my right eye, then i started seeing light flashes i first noticed at night but now during the day. ?

I saw several black spots (floaters) in the top of my right eye, then i started seeing light flashes i first noticed at night but now during the day. ?

Possible torn retina: I would see a retinal doctor if available, or a general ophthalmologist. New floater and light flashes can be caused by a torn retina and it is better treated early. ...Read more

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Eye floaters what does it mean when i see light flashes?

Eye floaters what does it mean when i see light flashes?

Retina needs exam: Floaters are usually a very benign finding and a normal aging change as the vitreous jelly in the eye pulls away from the retina. Floaters are potentially more worrisome as it often indicates the vitreous jelly is pulling on the retina and may be a sign of a retinal tear or retinal detachment. You need to schedule an eye exam to include dilation of your pupils to examine the entire retina. ...Read more

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When I rub my eye is see a circle of light. Is this normal? I do have floaters and have been worried that I have seen some light flashes but not sur

When I rub my eye is see a circle of light.  Is this normal?  I do have floaters and have been worried that I have seen some light flashes but not sur

Yes, but: Don't rub your eyes! Here, rubbing the eyes sends a pressure wave through your eye back to your retina which then mechanically stimulates the photoreceptors of the retina to send a signal of a light flash or circle of flashes back to the brain. So you seem to "see" the circle of light that is actually not there. Same pressure wave can also tear weak parts of retina or scratch surface of the eye. ...Read more

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Can a 'complete' posterior vitreous detachment (pvd) be sometimes not associated with flashes of light at all, and have symptoms of only floaters?

Can a 'complete' posterior vitreous detachment (pvd) be sometimes not associated with flashes of light at all, and have symptoms of only floaters?

Absolutely: Many patients do not notice any symptoms of the pvd. Others note floaters and some note flashes. The point is that you should get an exam if you notice such symptoms. Remember that a posterior vitreous detachment is the culmination a long natural process. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have rarely flashes of light? It happens mostly in front of PC & when moving head suddenly. I have thin retina floaters exam ok in feb

Is it normal to have rarely flashes of light? It happens mostly in front of PC & when moving head suddenly. I have thin retina floaters exam ok in feb

Occasional flashes..: indicate some level of pulling on the inside lining of the eye, called the retina. This can be a sign of a retinal tear or detachment. If you developed the flashes after your recent eye exam, you need to go back. If they were there before, and eye doc saw nothing serious, monitor symptoms for any worsening: more floaters, flashes, or shade over vision. Go back if worse. May need retina specialist. ...Read more

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If someone has floaters, flashes of light and intermittent cloudy vision like a film over the eye what can it mean. There is no curtain or dark veil.

If someone has floaters, flashes of light and intermittent cloudy vision like a film over the eye what can it mean. There is no curtain or dark veil.

Retinal.: Symptoms are concerning for a retinal problem although a cloudy film seems more consistent with a problem in the optical axis. Needs evaluation by an eye specialist. ...Read more

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I have an eye fracture and since I have eye floaters and flashes of light and bad vision that i didn't have before and iam only 20 years old what todo?

I have an eye fracture and since I have eye floaters and flashes of light and bad vision that i didn't have before and iam only 20 years old what todo?

Requires eye exam: You presumably had a serious injury resulting in your fractured eye socket. In all cases of peri ocular/ocular trauma, an urgent eye examination is necessary. Your flashes ; floaters could mean that the inner part of your eye has had some damage, eg., retinal tear/detachment , vitreous hemorrhage, traumatic cataract, inflammatory problems, etc. Please seek help by eye md. ...Read more

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Blurry vision, constant eye floaters, flashes of light, double vision. MRI normal & saw 2 eye doctors who found nothing. What can it be?!

Blurry vision, constant eye floaters, flashes of light, double vision. MRI normal & saw 2 eye doctors who found nothing. What can it be?!

Talk to your doctor : You may want to see a neuro -ophthalmologist. Your symptoms are very concerning. It's possible to have normal exam and negative MRI and still have something wrong. Multiple sclerosis comes to mind. You may find a specialist in New Orleans to evaluate you and hopefully ease your mind. ...Read more

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Why would I have light flashes and floaters in my vision for over 3 months, they haven't gone away?

Flashes/floaters: These symptoms occur as we get older and the firm vitreous gel gets more liquefied. The process in which the gel separates from the retina is called posterior vitreous detachment. While it is occurring, there may be pulling on the retina by strands of vitreous. When this occurs, the retina transmits the sensation of flashes to the brain. Prolonged pulling causes prolonged flashes. ...Read more

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Right eye new floaters and light flashes?

Right eye new floaters and light flashes?

Go to ER: If you've never had anything like this before, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist immediately to see if you're having a retinal detachment, which can be fixed with surgery to prevent permanent visual loss. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Eye Floaters (Definition)

are spots you notice visually that may vary in shape & are ...Read more