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Why Do I See Flashes Of Light When I Close My 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
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.
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
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
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
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
Thought normal to hear pulse, vertebrae move, my voice, chewing, etc. However, eyes now twitching (flashes of light) scd? What doc do I see?
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
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
I see white flashes of light for about a brief 10-15 seconds for quite some time now, is it prone to happen if an eye surgery happened in the past?
Dear doctors. Why do little flashes of light appear in my left eye in a half circle? It looked like the letter "c" flashing little squares and as it started to go away, it became wider and wider till I did not see it at all. This is the first time this h
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
Neuro and eye doctors: had 2-day migraine, then flashes of light not like usual aura. How do you tell if aura or retina detachment? See which doctor?
Exam: Bilateral symptoms is rarely a retinal detachment. Unilateral flashes can be a sign of a retinal problem (especially in myopes) vs. Aura (usually a more specific fixed peripheral shape). Retinal detachment may have hundreds of new floaters and decreasing vision. See a retina specialist for exam to tell. ...Read more
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
Flashes of light: Like an egg has the "white", the eye has the vitreous gel. They are very similar. With age the vitreous undergoes liquefaction in pockets. When 2 or more pockets coalesce the vitreous collapses and its attachments to the peripheral retina "tugs" at it causing the flashes. In medicalese we call it photopsia. Should be checked as a retinal tear (rip) may occur with a retinal detachment. ...Read more
Get checked: Much like you feel pain when you pull on your skin, you see flashes when something tugs on your retina. It is usually a sign of the vitreous (the gel in your eye) shrinking and pulling on your retina and this can result in a retinal tear. You should get checked by an eye doc asap. ...Read more
Possible problem: The two most common causes of new light flashes are migraines, and retinal disturbances. The former are short term, but if the flashes are persistent, especially if accompanied by many floaters or changes in the vision, then you need to see your ophthalmologist right away to rule out retinal detachment versus vitreous detachment. ...Read more
I have flotrings in my eye and sometimes after 3 months I have the light flashes like cobweb in my eye. And for half an hour I can not see
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
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
Help! Seeing flashes of light when I tightly shut my eyes and am dizzy, retinas have been checked and are fine what is causing this?
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
P;robably nothing: Flashes mostly occur from instability at the interface between the retina and the vitreous overlying it. While they can be an early warning of the risk of retinal detachment, most are benign - especially if the same pattern has persisted for many years. A look by a retinal specialist ophthalmologist would be reasonable to make sure there are no problems. ...Read more
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