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Sometimes I see flickering stream of light on the corner of my eye. Is this normal? What does this mean?

Sometimes I see flickering stream of light on the corner of my eye. Is this normal? What does this mean?

Flashes, floaters: Flashes of light occur when the retina is stimulated. As the gel in the back of the eye slowly peels off the retina it can cause a flashing sensation. This may be associated with floaters. Also, people can develop ocular migraines with or without the associated headache. Your condition may be related to either of the above; see an eye doctor either way. ...Read more

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What does it mean when i see lights flashing out of the corner of my eye?

What does it mean when i see lights flashing out of the corner of my eye?

Don't ignore flashes: If you are suddenly seeing flashing lights you should have a dilated retinal examination, particularly if there are also floaters in your vision and if the flashes are brief and recurring. There are several possible causes but perhaps the most concerning is a retinal tear, which can lead to a vision-damaging retinal detachment. Don't ignore these symptoms. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have white flashes in the corner of your eye?

What does it mean when you have white flashes in the corner of your eye?

Depends: Flashes can be due to retinal stimulation or to migraine-like decreased blood flow to the brain. If accompaniedby spots in front of the eyes or associated with headaches, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the white of the eye is grey?

What does it mean when the white of the eye is grey?

Several possible: Reasons, ranging from normal variant to serious problem of the sclera. See eye md if you have any pain blurring or were born with brittle bones (extremely rare, you probably don't have that). ...Read more

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What does it mean when the whites of your eyes are gray or lite blue?

What does it mean when the whites of your eyes are gray or lite blue?

Blue sclera: The most common reason the whites of your eyes (sclera) are blue is because there are areas of the sclera that are thinner than others. In those spots, the underlying pigmented tissue of the inside of the eye shows through and it gives those areas a bluish grey color. Rarely, these spots can be associated with eye problems, so if you're concerned or having other symptoms, then see your eye md. ...Read more

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What is the cause of bright shining light at the corner of my eye?

What is the cause of bright shining light at the corner of my eye?

Flashes?: Are you seeing flashes in your eye? If so you may have a retinal detachment or tear. This is an emergency and needs to be seen immediately. Here is more info to help. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/retinal-detachment/basics/symptoms/con-20022595 ...Read more

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What does the brown spots in your eye mean?

What does the brown spots in your eye mean?

Usually harmless: Most brown spots on the white of the eye are harmless, much like freckles. However any new brown spots or change in the appearance of existing brown spots should be examined by your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a person has light blue sclera of the eyes?

What does it mean when a person has light blue sclera of the eyes?

See below;: The white sclera takes on a bluish tint when this normally thick tissue thins. The sclera becomes translucent, allowing the underlying tissue to show through. There are lots of reasons someone can have blue "whites". Anything that results in a thinning of the sclera could cause it.While most cases of sclera discoloration are benign, they can be a sign of something more serious. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What besides a retinal tear would cause bright flashes of light in the corners of the eyes?

What besides a retinal tear would cause bright flashes of light in the corners of the  eyes?

See below: Floaters, flashing lights, or part of the peripheral vision missing (like a curtain or veil obscuring your vision) indicates the need for an urgent dilated retinal examination to rule out retinal tear or detachment. It could also be an ocular migraine, posterior vitreous detachment, retinitis, or tumor. Get it checked. ...Read more

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What does yellow in the whites of eyes mean?

What does yellow in the whites of eyes mean?

Jaundice: Elevation of bilirubin can cause yellowing of the whites of the eyes. This could be a sign of liver disease, mono or hemolytic anemia or a condition called gilbert's syndrome. ...Read more

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What could cause a tiny light flash in the outer corner of your eye?

What could cause a tiny light flash in the outer corner of your eye?

Get checked quickly: Flashing lights in the periphery of your vision can mean a tear in your retina. You need to be evaluated right away to make sure that if you do it is treated before a retinal detachment develops. ...Read more

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What does it mean if some of the white on your eye is blue?

What does it mean if some of the white on your eye is blue?

Thin Sclera: The protective coat of the eye is the white sclera. Below it is the vascular or blood vessel supply, the uveal tissue.. When the sclera becomes thinner due to age or inflammatory conditions, the sclera thins and give a blue hue. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there is a bright light in your peripheral vision?

What does it mean when there is a bright light in your peripheral vision?

Flashes: A bright light in your peripheral field can signify traction (pulling) on the mid-peripheral or peripheral retina. These can be warning signs of an impending or evolving retinal tear/break. Symptoms such as these are best evaluated with a dilated retinal exam. Please see your provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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Are light blue eyes with a dark border common and what does that mean in terms of biology?

Are light blue eyes with a dark border common and what does that mean in terms of biology?

Iris variation: The iris, a name derived from the greek for rainbow, comes in a wonderful variety of colors and patterns. Looked at closely and carefully, you can be aware of these variations. There is not biological signficance to such variations in an otherwise normal iris. Enjoy yours and be more conscious of the patterns in others. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the white part of the eye is brownish?

What does it mean when the white part of the eye is brownish?

Depends which part: Brown areas on the eye can be benign or suspicious for malignancy. Any new dark or brown areas of the eye should be examined by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What does a white circle around both iris of the eyes mean?

Arcus senilis?: This sounds like arcus senilis (Latin for arc or circle of aging). It's due to deposition of fats like cholesterol and usually means someone has an abnormal lipid profie. Such persons typically are at high risk for heart attack and stroke. You (or whoever has this) should see a doctor for advice and perhaps treatment, maybe with a statin drug. Photos: https://www.google.com/#q=arcus+senilis+photo ...Read more

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What does it mean if no response to light shining in the eyes?

What does it mean if no response to light shining in the eyes?

NLP: It means that the visual acuity is listed as NLP, which means no light perception. The patient sees only blackness, even when a bright light is shone directly into the eye. The problem may be at any point in the visual pathway. One of the most common causes in the US is glaucoma wherein the optic nerve has completely withered away and will not transmit the visual signal from the eye to the brain. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the background of your eye is yellow looking?

What does it mean when the background of your eye is yellow looking?

Depends: The normally white part of the eye turns yellow due to increase in bilirubin (a breakdown product of hemoglobin metabolism) which stain the conjunctiva (membrane covering the white of the eye). This is most commonly related to liver disease and should prompt a visit to the doctor. ...Read more

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What causes the white part of the eyes to turn yellow and blurred vision?

What causes the white part of the eyes to  turn  yellow  and  blurred vision?

Depends: Seek medical attention. Diseases of the liver, resulting in high levels of bilirubin, causes the whites of the eye to appear yellow. Your skin may also be yellow (jaundice). Blurred vision can be a result of the systemic effects of diseases of the liver. Your doctor will be able to determine if you need treatment. ...Read more