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Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
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Experience:  Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
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You ansered my question regarding re; flashing and

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you ansered my question regarding re; flashing and flickering lights. They are also arcs of lite on the side of my eye. I do not recall seeing spots, or floaters before this happened, but I was driving at nite with lots of car lites , fog and distractions. could this be a seperation of the retina if I did not get any of the floaters first, or did not notice.? How long should this flickerin, or arcs of on and off lite last? before I should be concerned. It does not seemed to have gotten worse. Less lite flashing but still flickers of arches but seems less. Can I continue to do daily activity driving, on freeways,errands ect. how long should I expect this lite swow to go on before being concerned
thank you for your help Linda
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.
Doctor DanB :

Hello and thanks for your question. Despite not seeing any floaters first, this still sounds like traction on the retina producing the flashing. Because this can potentially lead to a blinding problem (retinal detachment) I would recommend that you go ahead and see an eye doctor about as soon as you are able. The retina is at risk for holes/breaks/tears in it from this tractional process and may already have had this happen. Once a tear happens in the retina, fluid can get under the retina and detach it from the back wall of the eye which can take your vision permanently. I know that you don't have insurance, but there really isn't a "safe" duration of time to be able to wait to see if it goes away. It very well my resolve on its own without any problem, but there is no way to predict that everything is fine with the retina and that it will resolve without consequence; therefore, the exam by the eye doctor is important.

Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

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