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I have just started getting flashes in my left eye. How serious is this? And do I need to see a dr. Immediatily? I don't have insurance. Please advise me. Thankyou

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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Flashes

You need to see an eye doctor asap.
This could be signs of retinal tears, breaks, or detachment.

In brief: Flashes

You need to see an eye doctor asap.
This could be signs of retinal tears, breaks, or detachment.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Alma Murphy
Ophthalmology

In brief: Flashes

Flashes are often associated with floaters.
In this condition the liquid gel that fills the inside of the eye moves forward as part of the normal aging process. The gel is called vitreous, and when it moves forward the patient will often see brief flashes for days, weeks, or longer. Unfortunately, in a small percentage of patients, the vitreous gel tears the retina as it moves forward. This can lead to a retinal detachment which needs prompt treatment. The risk of retinal detachment is higher if there is near-sightedness (myopia), or a family history of retinal detachment. Only a comprehensive eye examination will reveal the cause of your symptoms. Please contact your ophthalmologist.

In brief: Flashes

Flashes are often associated with floaters.
In this condition the liquid gel that fills the inside of the eye moves forward as part of the normal aging process. The gel is called vitreous, and when it moves forward the patient will often see brief flashes for days, weeks, or longer. Unfortunately, in a small percentage of patients, the vitreous gel tears the retina as it moves forward. This can lead to a retinal detachment which needs prompt treatment. The risk of retinal detachment is higher if there is near-sightedness (myopia), or a family history of retinal detachment. Only a comprehensive eye examination will reveal the cause of your symptoms. Please contact your ophthalmologist.
Dr. Alma Murphy
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