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The other day I was playing a "bouncing ball" game on the

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The other day I was playing a "bouncing ball" game on the internet and suddenly I started getting a flashing light in the corner of my left eye, jagged and colored.... it lasted a few minutes but scared me half to death. I am very near-sighted and have worn contacts for the last 35 years. ... I am 52 years old and have never experienced that before.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 7 years ago.

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Flashes of light could have been due to migraine ( the headache may or maynot be present) or due to retinal irritation following posterior vitreous detachment( PVD ). Both the conditions are not serious or need any urgent treatment. But with a known history of myopia ( near sightedness) , you must get a routine retina examination done just to know the intactness of the retina . In posterior vitreous detachment the thick gel at the middle of the eye gets detached from its surrounding and may cause momentary traction on the retina which is experienced as a flash of light. Rarely this may result in a retinal hole or tear ,and can be sealed with laser if found. This laser prevents it from extending it into a retinal detachment.

As of now no treatment is needed and only the retina needs to be examined by an ophthalmologist at the earliest appointment available. Only if you ever experience a sudden reduction in vision or like a curtain falling in the line of vision , you need to get immediate treatment by a retina specialist as it heralds a retinal detachment.

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