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I developed a couple of floaters 4 days ago, which are still

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I developed a couple of floaters 4 days ago, which are still with me in my left eye. I saw an optician 3 days ago, who said all was OK but to refer myself to eye emergency if I saw flashes of light. For the last two days I have had the occasional very short flash of light in the left eye, usually when , for example, my vision sweeps a source of light such as a window or a gap in a blind. I don't want to trouble the eye hospital unnecessarily, but I also don't want to ignor this if it might be serious. Please advise.
I am 63, female and have used varifocal lenses for a long time now. Also have some astigmatism for which a prism is included.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.
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Dr. James :

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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