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Is it normal to see flashes of light after getting hit in the eye?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology
In brief: No but it is common
Flashes of lights may represent a vitreous separation in which case you should follow up with an eye md soon

In brief: No but it is common
Flashes of lights may represent a vitreous separation in which case you should follow up with an eye md soon
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Dr. Harvey Fishman
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