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.

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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?

Vitreous issues. The eye is full of material called vitreous. When we are young, this vitreous is a solid gel. As we age, it liquefies starting in the center. Bits of the gel float in the liquid and we see this as floaters. When the central gel becomes liquid, the outer part peels away from the retinal surface. This can cause traction on the retina, which is experienced as flashing lights. Read more...
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...