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New flashes of light in both eyes, can this be retinal detachment or tear?

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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Flashes and floaters

The classic visual symptoms of retinal detachment are light flashes, floaters, and loss of vision.
Someone who experiences these symptoms should see an ophthalmologist immediately for evaluation.

In brief: Flashes and floaters

The classic visual symptoms of retinal detachment are light flashes, floaters, and loss of vision.
Someone who experiences these symptoms should see an ophthalmologist immediately for evaluation.
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Harold Peltan
And sometimes a dark curtain coming over the vision from any direction.
Dr. LINDA VARGAS
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Both

Persistent flashes of light, floaters can be a simple posterior vitreous detachment to something as serious and sight-threatening as a retinal tear or detachment.
You should see your eye doctor as soon as possible for a thorough eye exam.

In brief: Both

Persistent flashes of light, floaters can be a simple posterior vitreous detachment to something as serious and sight-threatening as a retinal tear or detachment.
You should see your eye doctor as soon as possible for a thorough eye exam.
Dr. LINDA VARGAS
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology

In brief: Flashes

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". The tugging from the vitreous causes the flashes. You are at risk of a retinal detachment and should be examined.

In brief: Flashes

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". The tugging from the vitreous causes the flashes. You are at risk of a retinal detachment and should be examined.
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