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How common is it for people to see floaters and flashing lights in their eyes?

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Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Floaters are common

But any sudden change in floaters, or associated flashing lights should be evaluated emergently.

In brief: Floaters are common

But any sudden change in floaters, or associated flashing lights should be evaluated emergently.
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
Dr. Stephen Hamilton
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: Floaters are common

As the years pass, floaters are increasingly seen in the field of vision of many.
Flashing lights are far less common although frequently simultaneous with floaters. The flashing lights can be an early indication of retinal detachment, so if this is the first time and the flashes are persistent, see your ophthalmologist.

In brief: Floaters are common

As the years pass, floaters are increasingly seen in the field of vision of many.
Flashing lights are far less common although frequently simultaneous with floaters. The flashing lights can be an early indication of retinal detachment, so if this is the first time and the flashes are persistent, see your ophthalmologist.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine

In brief: Flashig lights

Floaters are common.
Flashing lights may signal some disease of the eye, especially the retina. Best to see your doctor for a check up.

In brief: Flashig lights

Floaters are common.
Flashing lights may signal some disease of the eye, especially the retina. Best to see your doctor for a check up.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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