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If I have flashes of light in the corner of my eyes and seeing floaters, what should I do? Can something be done to stop this?

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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: See Ophthalmologist

You should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist within 48 hours of developing symptoms of flashing lights and new floaters .
These symptoms suggest that a posterior vitreous detachment is occurring and may put you at risk for a retinal tear or detachment.

In brief: See Ophthalmologist

You should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist within 48 hours of developing symptoms of flashing lights and new floaters .
These symptoms suggest that a posterior vitreous detachment is occurring and may put you at risk for a retinal tear or detachment.
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Trevor Elmquist
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Get dilated exam

Get a dilated exam with scleral depression as soon as possible.
Proper diagnosis is needed to decide if anything can be "done to stop this".

In brief: Get dilated exam

Get a dilated exam with scleral depression as soon as possible.
Proper diagnosis is needed to decide if anything can be "done to stop this".
Dr. Trevor Elmquist
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Dr. Jodi Luchs
It is important to get this examined immediately as mentioned above. There are several different potential causes of those symptoms, some of which, without prompt attention and treatment, can be serious.
Dr. Richard Wieder
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Floaters & Flashes

Any patient who has recent onset of floaters and flashes needs to have an exam of their retinas with the pupils dilated to make sure that there is no evidence of a retinal tear. If present, that could lead to a retinal detachment.
Most of the time, floaters and flashes are not associated with retinal problems. Flashes usually resolve in several days but floaters are permanent.

In brief: Floaters & Flashes

Any patient who has recent onset of floaters and flashes needs to have an exam of their retinas with the pupils dilated to make sure that there is no evidence of a retinal tear. If present, that could lead to a retinal detachment.
Most of the time, floaters and flashes are not associated with retinal problems. Flashes usually resolve in several days but floaters are permanent.
Dr. Richard Wieder
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology

In brief: Floaters

It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment.
This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment.

In brief: Floaters

It sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment.
This is a situation where the vitreous(jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment.
Dr. Michael Ham
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