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Since how long have you been having these flashes of light?
Apart from flashes of light have you observed any floaters too?
thank you, XXXXX XXXXX flashes just started
Is it only in one eye?
Is the vision in the affected eye reduced?
no floaters, reduced vision while flashing
Flashes of light can occur in case of migraine, retinal detachment(RD), posterior vitreous detachment(PVD) or any other cause of retinal irritation.
Do you recommend emergency room
Following flashes of light if your vision is back to normal or as it was prior to the episode, then it is unlikely to be due to a RD ( it is an emergency in which there is a sudden bout of flashes of light along with a shower fo floaters and reduced vision as if looking through a veil).
Otherwise if the vision in now normal, the flashes of light is most likely to be due to PVD.
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RD is more likely in those with severe short sightedness(myopia) or in diabetes with diabetic retinopathy or following trauma. It does not affect a normal retina.
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