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eye flashes or flashes of light in eye?

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eye flashes or flashes of light in eye?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 4 years ago.

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Since how long have you been having these flashes of light?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Apart from flashes of light have you observed any floaters too?

Customer:

Thank you

Customer:

thank you, XXXXX XXXXX flashes just started

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Is it only in one eye?

Customer:

yes

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Is the vision in the affected eye reduced?

Customer:

no floaters, reduced vision while flashing

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Flashes of light can occur in case of migraine, retinal detachment(RD), posterior vitreous detachment(PVD) or any other cause of retinal irritation.

Customer:

Do you recommend emergency room

Dr. A.S. Desai :

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).

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Otherwise if the vision in now normal, the flashes of light is most likely to be due to PVD.

Customer:

Thank you, Doctor. Good evening

Dr. A.S. Desai :

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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Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 4 years ago.
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