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I am experienceing a circular flashing around my left eye.

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I am experienceing a circular 'flashing' around my left eye. Even when my eyes are closed, when I move my eyes left or right I 'see' the circular flashing.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I can help you tonight

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Customer:

Yes

Dr. Rick :

Is this in one eye only?

Customer:

yes

Dr. Rick :

You are likely experiencing a PVD or posterior vitreous detachment, a common event that happens in many people.

You have a thick gel material in the middle of your eyes. Over time as it liquefies, this gel material collapses on itself and pulls away from the wall of the eye. In the process it can stimulate the retina -- causing the flashes that you see.

It is recommended that you see your ophthalmologist to look at the retina to make sure there are no problems such as a retinal hole or tear. In most cases, there are no problems, but this exam in precautionary and allows for preventative treatment of any lesions that are found.

If you notice a sudden increase in floaters, flashes of light (like a lightening storm), or a shadow/veil in the periphery of your vision, this can be worrisome for a retinal detachment. You would need to contact your ophthalmologist promptly in that case.


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Customer:

Yes, I will see and ophthamologist.

Dr. Rick :

Ok.

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I am glad I could help you sleep better tonight. I've been doing ophthalmology for over two decades now and my special interest is retinal diseases.....after talking to your local ophthalmologist I hope you will be back. Take care and sleep tight.












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