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I have experienced light flashes in my eyes on 2 occassions

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I have experienced light flashes in my eyes on 2 occassions recently. They have lasted
just a few seconds. What should I do?

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

are you available to chat?

Dr. Rick :

did they occur in both eyes? At the same time? What medicines do you take and what medical issues do you have?

JACUSTOMER-2s3rujiq- :

mostly in the right eye

JACUSTOMER-2s3rujiq- :

taking Synthroid (25 mcg) daily

Dr. Rick :

ok.

Dr. Rick :

You are likely experiencing a PVD or posterior vitreous detachment, a common event that happens in many people.

You have a thick gel material in the middle of your eyes called the vitreous. Over time as it liquefies, this gel material collapses on itself, forms little clumps that you can see as dots, lines or bugs. As these clumps form the vitreous pulls away from the wall of the eye. In the process it can stimulate the retina -- causing the flashes that you see.

It is recommended that you see your ophthalmologist to look at the retina to make sure there are no problems such as a retinal hole or tear. In most cases, there are no problems, but this exam is precautionary and allows for preventative treatment of any lesions that are found.

If you notice a sudden increase in floaters, flashes of light (like a lightning storm), or a shadow/veil in the periphery of your vision, this can be worrisome for a retinal detachment. You would need to contact your ophthalmologist promptly in that case.


Dr. Rick :

This is not an emergency but I would call your ophthalmologist and see if you can be evaluated sometime early next week.

Dr. Rick :

does this make sense to you?

JACUSTOMER-2s3rujiq- :

yes, it makes sence to me. I also wear coontact lenses that have become blurry. Could this help or hinder

JACUSTOMER-2s3rujiq- :

the problem

Dr. Rick :

It will have no effect on this at all. You can continue to wear your contacts without worry.

JACUSTOMER-2s3rujiq- :

ok,

JACUSTOMER-2s3rujiq- :

Thank you

Dr. Rick :

My pleasure. Have a good weekend.

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