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it just started i see a small light flash out my left eye.

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it just started i see a small light flash out my left eye. i never had this before today. when iam walking i see them. iam 65yrs old can please answer me thank you. michael digirolamo
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 4 years ago.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Hello, Welcome to Pearl.com

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Flashes of light are experienced as a result of retinal traction. Eye conditions with symptoms of flashes of light are posterior vitreous detachment(PVD), retinal detachment(RD), ocular migraine. RD is more of an ocular emergency characterised by a sudden bout of flashes of light and shower of floaters along with sudden blurring of vision as if you were to be looking through a veil or curtain. It is unlikely to occur in an otherwise healthy retina. Predisposing conditions for RD includes high myopia( short sightedness), trauma, diabetic retinopathy, ocular inflammatory diseases. Since you have had only one episode of flashes of light ( no history of floaters or blurring of vision, no history of headache/migraine), it is likely that you are experiencing symptoms of PVD.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

In this condition the thick gel at the back of the eye( called vitreous) gets detached from its surrounding retina . This results in retinal traction which results in the symptom of flashes of light and includes color distortion. Flashes of light may not be prominent in some individuals. Once the vitreous gets detached completely , it may form clumps or strands and cause symptom of floaters such as dark spots, cobweb or thread like strands in the visual field.

More often it is not a serious issue and does not require any specific treatment. A routine retina examination needs to be done by an ophthalmologist just to check for the intactness of the retina and to look for any peripheral retinal tears or holes, which if found, can be sealed by lasers.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Do consult an ophthalmologist immediately if you observe sudden blurring of vision/shower of fresh floaters , for a closer look at the retina.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Thank you and best wishes.

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Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 4 years ago.
Hello Michael Digirolamo,

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Thank you and best wishes.


It was a pleasure to have answered this question.

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