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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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