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Is it normal to see flashes of light after getting hit in the eye?

Is it normal to see flashes of light after getting hit in the eye?

It can be: Getting hit in the eye can stimulate the optic nerve, similar to how hitting your ulnar nerve in your elbow (your "funny bone") can cause pain and tingling in your fingers. This can result in an immediate sense of flashes of light. If you have any prolonged visual symptoms, you should see a doc right away. ...Read more

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4 days ago I was hit in the eye by a bunge cord. The next day I began to see flashes of light. An eye dr did test and said he didn't see any tears. I am still seeing flashes and it aches. What next?

4 days ago I was hit in the eye by a bunge cord. The next day I began to see flashes of light. An eye dr did test and said he didn't see any tears. I am still seeing flashes and it aches. What next?

See Ophthalmologist: Blunt trauma to the eye can result in inflammation in the eye as well as damage to other structures. Persistent flashing lights are a symptom suggesting that the vitreous gel is pulling on the retina meaning there could be a tear or detachment present. You should see an ophthalmologist for this concern as well as for annual screens for Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) toxicity since you on that drug. ...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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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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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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What causes light flashes in the eye? What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery|?

What causes light flashes in the eye? What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery|?

Laser: Laser treatments to the eye may cause the vitreous jelly in the eye to move. The movement of the vitreous jelly may pull on the retina to cause flashing lights.

If the flashing lights increase in frequency or intensity, and if you see new floaters, you should return to your ophthalmologist for an examination. ...Read more

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What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery? What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery for glucoma and macular degeneration of the eye?

What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery? What causes light flashes in the eye after laser surgery for glucoma and macular degeneration of the eye?

After images.: Light flashes in the eye after laser surgery are most likely after images. Usually they go away. Laser is used for glaucoma, diabetes, and retinal tears. It is less often used these days in macular degeneration. Light flashes can also be caused by retinal traction and impending retinal tear. A good thorough retinal exam will eliminate most causes for concern. ...Read more

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Thought normal to hear pulse, vertebrae move, my voice, chewing, etc. However, eyes now twitching (flashes of light) scd? What doc do I see?

Thought normal to hear pulse, vertebrae move, my voice, chewing, etc. However, eyes now twitching (flashes of light) scd? What doc do I see?

Ophthalmologist: Of all your symptoms, the flashing light is the most urgent. Although its quite common, there's a small chance of retinal detachment. To rule this out, I would see an ophthalmologist first. ...Read more

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Why is it that you see a green light if you get hit in the eye?

Why is it that you see a green light if you get hit in the eye?

Seeing "stars": A blow to the eye will stimulate the retina which will think that the disturbance from the shock of the hit is a light flash. The retina has no nerves of pain, or pressure or most other sensations It just has light and thinks any stimulus is light. The color is variable and can be green, or light, or red depending upon the power and angle of the blow and the portion of the retina hit. ...Read more

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What must I do right away if I get hit in the eye and see sparks?

What must I do right away if I get hit in the eye and see sparks?

See your doctor: See your doctor immediately (or even to er) for examination and possible referral to eye specialist. ...Read more

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I was born with the lenses in both of my eyes higher than normal. All the cillary bodies are intact, and is not effected if I get hit in the eye.

I was born with the lenses in both of my eyes higher than normal. All the cillary bodies are intact, and is not effected if I get hit in the eye.

? Ectopia Lentis: Ectopia lentis is spontaneous dislocation (partial or complete) of the lens in your eye. If you were born with this in both eyes it is most likely associated with a systemic condition such as marfan's syndrome, homocystinuria, or weill-marchesani syndrome. It is imperative that you are evaluated by a physician who can make a definitive diagnosis and look for other associated problems. ...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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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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What causes you to see flashes of light even when you close your eyes?

Flashes: Flashes are potentially a sign of a retinal tear or detachment and immediate evaluation is indicated. Other possible causes include intraocular inflammation and stimulation of the retina due to normal aging changes of the vitreous gel in the back of the eye. If you are currently seeing flashes, call an eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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My right eye feels cloudy and sometimes I see flashes of light. Should I see doctor or keep working?

See a doctor: Flashes of light can be a sign of a tear or hole in the retina which may need treatment. See and eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Why do I see recurring flashes of light in front of my eyes?

Why do I see recurring flashes of light in front of my eyes?

Your symptoms can be: One or two separate issues. Flashes of light seen in a dark room may be due to vitreous pulling the retina causing retinal traction, tears, breaks or even detachments and should be evaluated. Lights seen in a zig-zag fashion may be from visual aura known as a 'scintillating scotoma" and is associated with a variation of migraine headaches. This as well can be evaluated by your Ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What are the flashes of light in my eyes that I see in dark room?

Flashing lights: Flashing lights in the eyes with the lights out cound be a sign of retinal issues (tears, breaks, or detachment), migraine headache related, or other issues. You need to see an eye doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I've been getting pain and pressure in both eyes. Last night I started seeing flashes of light and it was difficult to see. My eyes feel dry.

I've been getting pain and pressure in both eyes. Last night I started seeing flashes of light and it was difficult to see. My eyes feel dry.

Sinus disease?: Sinus congestion commonly causes pain behind both eyes and may be treated by OTC Flonase or decongestants like Sudafed as long as your blood pressure is under control. The flashes may be ocular migraine if in both eyes and not accompanied by headache. If your vision loss was profound, it is definitely time to see an ophthalmologist! ...Read more

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When my eyes are closed I see black shadows moving together and then apart from each other with intermittent flashes of light in-between. Serious?

When my eyes are closed I see black shadows moving together and then apart from each other with intermittent flashes of light in-between. Serious?

Normal: The eye and brain do not like to have a pattern of incoming information interrupted. When you close your eyes, the signal diminishes substantially and your normally active eye and brain send internal patterns and signals to compensate. Don't worry about this and enjoy the show. ...Read more

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For a week, when I close my eyes to sleep, I have bright white flashes of light. The room is completely dark but my eyes see bright light when closed.

For a week, when I close my eyes to sleep, I have bright white flashes of light. The room is completely dark but my eyes see bright light when closed.

Flashing lights: In visual field indicates a need for you to see your opthalmogist (eye doc) ASAP. It MAY be a retina that is detaching or it may be more minor. Either way be safe. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have been having random flashes of light in my eyes for almost 3 months now. I've had three retinal exams & an MRI which were all normal. Help?

I have been having random flashes of light in my eyes for almost 3 months now. I've had three retinal exams & an MRI which were all normal. Help?

Ocular Migraine: It is an aura of regular migraine but in this situation you do not get headache you get different kind of visual disturbances temporarily including flashes of light. To read more check this link
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/expert-answers/ocular-migraine/faq-20058113 ...Read more

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Are small flashes of light in vision normal? I have an eye floater in my right eye, could it be from that?

Are small flashes of light in vision normal? I have an eye floater in my right eye, could it be from that?

No: Flashing lights in your vision are not normal. You need an urgent trip to the ophthalmologist to make sure you don't have a tear in your retina. ...Read more

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The last couple months, I see slow flashes of light in my peripheral vision in right eye. It lasts a few seconds and goes away when I move my eyes?

When rt eye closed?: How do you know it's in your right EYE (as opposed to right FIELD of VISION)? Do the flashes of light (fol) go away when you close the right eye? Do the fol only appear on the right side of your body? Both eyes contribute to the sense of vision on the right side. Either retina could've detached, or you could've some other problem. 1st step: See an ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam. Good luck ...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?

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