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jagged like lightning bolt in my eyes, dont know which one

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Julia only........Hi Julie, new day new issue. This morning when I got up I started having this jagged like lightning bolt in my eyes, don't know which one. Finally after awhile it went awhile. My eye dr. mention years ago about retinal detachment, I didn't have any he was just telling me about eye care. If I had a retinal detachment would it be constant, instead of going away after a hour or so? It was a very bright jagged image just look like a lightning bolt to me.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Julia Kizhner replied 5 years ago.

Hi Beth,


Were you having multiple episodes of these lighting bolts or just a one isolated occurance? Were there any floaters? Any pain? Any changes in vision?



Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It was just a steady jagged light. I always have floaters, but didn't notice any new.
Expert:  Julia Kizhner replied 5 years ago.



I think you do need to get this one checked out. I've only had 1 patient in my career who had retinal detachment (which means its not common) but his symptoms were continues episodes of flashing lights. Because retinal detachment can be a serious issue if not found early enough, you should see your eye doctor as soon as possible.

You know I usually don't tell you to ask your doctor but this one should be checked out.


Retinal detachment can be painless and sometimes it doesn't even affect vision, it may just have these continues lighting episodes so, in order not to miss something important, you better check it out.


I have to log off now as I have to get home by 5:00 pm to relieve nanny but will log back on as soon as I get a chance at home, in case you have more questions.

If you see the eye dr, make sure to tell me what he/she said.



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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I am going to close this out & ask an eye dr. how soon I should go, as of right now I can't get away, thank you Julia.