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A sudden occurence of a red light in one eye...no nystagmus,

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A sudden occurence of a red light in one eye...no nystagmus, or bluring of vision...pupils equal and react equally to light and accomodation...last a few brief seconds...started 24 hours ago and occurs every few hours.....BP normal....
Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I am a retina specialist. Are you available to chat?

Dr. Rick :

What type of medicine does your husband practice?

Customer:

yes

Customer:

pediatrics

Dr. Rick :

Ok. Does this brief red light kinda like a flash and then it is gone, with everything back to normal

Customer:

yes that is exactly what happens

Dr. Rick :

The most common cause of your symptoms is a poster vitreous detachment (PVD). A PVD is a common event that happens in many people.

Dr. Rick :

What causes them? Well, you have a thick gel material in the middle of your eyes called the vitreous. Over time as it liquefies, this gel material collapses on itself, forms little clumps that you can see as dots, lines or bugs. As these clumps form the vitreous pulls away from the wall of the eye. In the process it can stimulate the retina -- causing the flashes that you may 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 is 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 lightning 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.


Dr. Rick :

Sometimes the bugs or dots are not that evident and the flashes are the primary symptom, which is what I believe is happening in your case.

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have a thick gel material in the middle of your eyes called the vitreous. Over time as it liquefies, this gel material collapses on itself, forms little clumps that you can see as dots, lines or bugs. As these clumps form the vitreous pulls away from the wall of the eye. In the process it can stimulate the retina -- causing the flashes that you may 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 is 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 lightning 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:

do I have to take any meds

Customer:

thank you very much and you have been most helpful and will see the doctor in the am.

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No. There is no treatment necessary (other then making sure the retina is OK) or (normally) available for this condition.