Eye

Ask an Eye Doctor and Get an Answer ASAP

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Eye

Seeing flashes of light on the outer edges of eyes when I wake up

Customer Question
JACustomer: I have noticed...

JACustomer:

I have noticed small flashes of light occurring seemingly around the outer edges of both my eyes. This happens almost every morning when I first wake up, and do not seem to occur at other times. This lasts for about 30-60 seconds.

I had cataract surgery about 2 1/2 years ago. Eyes were examined about 2 months ago, and doctor noticed a small amount of "residue" on the lens of my right eye. He said this could be removed by laser, but it is barely affecting my vision. I have noticed a few more "floaters" and have had some difficulty in focusing when reading from time to time. This has only been happening over the past 2-3 weeks.

Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. I am a 68-yr. old male.

Submitted: 5 years ago.Category: Eye
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Eye Question
Answered in 1 hour by:
5/5/2012
Eye Doctor: Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist replied 5 years ago
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 3,343
Experience: Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
Verified

Expert:

Flashing lights can be due to traction on the retina from the vitreous jelly (occupies most of the volume of the back of the eye and is connected to the retina). Some people with new onset flashing in their vision have developed spots in their vision that are new also (or they have been there for a while) and that tend to follow your eye movements, floating behind and then catching up to the same position they occupied before then your symptoms sound consistent with what are called vitreous floaters. These floating spots or "bugs" as some people call them, are tiny pieces of the vitreous jelly that occupies a large amount of the volume of the back of the eye. But this traction on the retina can happen even in the absence of floaters and can result in an intermittent sparkle, flash or other lighted phenomena. Most often this happens when the eyes are moved quickly, or when you change lighting environments (going from light to dark or dark to light) or reading. This vitreous jelly, when we're born, is the consistency of a jello jiggler (thick jello). As we age it liquifies and becomes more fibrous bands and water. Because of this liquification and the resultant fibrous bands that are left, there becomes more points of traction that the jelly exerts on the back of the eye where it is attached. As we move our eyes in different directions and as our pupils change shape, or even as we rub our eyes, some of these bands can become unattached from the back of the eye and a piece of it floats around, attached still to the rest of the jelly. It is this traction of the vitreous jelly on the retina that can produce these flashes. These flashes tend to be small, like starbursts and are usually intermittent. They can also appear as an arcing light. One of the most important things to understand about floaters is that this tractional process can rarely lead to a retinal detachment, so it is important to know the 4 signs of a possible retinal detachment. These are:

1. Sudden increase in or new floaters.

2. Flashing or arcing lights that are persistent and not going away.

3. A shade/shadow/spot in your vision that you can't see light through.

4. A large drop in your vision which doesn't improve after a few minutes.

For any of these symptoms you must see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. People who have had prior eye surgery or trauma, or who have had prior problems with the retina such as retinal thinning, holes, breaks or tears are at the most risk for this happening. Because of that I recommend doing your best to see your ophthalmologist as soon as you are able to have a complete eye exam to determine if there is any problem with the retina. If any of these four signs I described above happens then you need to see one urgently.

Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 3,343
Experience: Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
Verified
Dr. Dan B. and 87 other Eye Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Dr. Dan B. Your Own Question
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B.
Dr. Dan B., Board Certified Ophthalmologist
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 3,343
3,343 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology

Dr. Dan B. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Dan B.

Dr. Dan B.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

3,343 satisfied customers

Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology

Dr. Stan

Dr. Stan

Ophthalmologist

905 satisfied customers

Johns Hopkins Fellowship Trained, Certified and Licensed Medical Physician and Surgeon

Dr. Stevens

Dr. Stevens

Ophthalmologist

629 satisfied customers

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

Dr. Susan

Dr. Susan

Ophthalmologist

217 satisfied customers

Board Certified & Fellowship trained eye surgeon.

Dr. JP

Dr. JP

Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery

28 satisfied customers

Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts Eye and Ear

Dr-Trace

Dr-Trace

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

26 satisfied customers

Board Certified in General Ophthalmology

Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz

Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

11 satisfied customers

Glaucoma Specialist, Associate Professor FAU, Teaching Faculty Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

< Previous | Next >

Related Eye Questions
I have been seen by both Ophthalmologists & Neurologists but
I have been seen by both Ophthalmologists & Neurologists but have not had satisfactory answers. … read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
I met with that other ophthalmologist in the same office
I met with that other ophthalmologist in the same office today, and she went into considerable detail about my present condition and what changes she recommended in all the steps I have been doing. He… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
My ophthalmologist says I have Dry Eye, but he isn't
My ophthalmologist says I have Dry Eye, but he isn't specific about how bad my condition is. It seems to have suddenly started to become a problem only about 4 months ago, and I'm currently using Xiid… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
Had a crystal lens implant put in my L eye and lasik on my
Had a crystal lens implant put in my L eye and lasik on my right. I had a reading contact in the L eye prior to surgery for mono vision. One month after surgery and the vision in my L eye is not impro… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
Can an ophthalmologist see a brain tumor in the front of the
Can an ophthalmologist see a brain tumor in the front of the head or eyes? Or any indication of one ? When the eyes are dilated ?… read more
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia
Consultant Surgeon and Sports Medicine
Post-Doctoral Degree
32,910 satisfied customers
Why, after laser eye surgery and lense placement, is
Why , after laser eye surgery and lense placement , is everything 30% larger in that eye? It causes terribly tripple image problem. Ruining my vision. What to do?… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
90 days post-op vitrectomy for retinal detachment, pupil
90 days post-op vitrectomy for retinal detachment, pupil remains dilated- just looking for some good news... … read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
2,553 satisfied customers
I had vitreous hemorrhages and had surgery to repair that
I had vitreous hemorrhages and had surgery to repair that and since then no longer have clear vision in that eye - I see like a yellow film and it is very blurry - is this normal? … read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
Is there an ophthalmologist available? I am having trouble
Hello, is there an ophthalmologist available? I am having trouble with continuing dry eye, red eyes, tight stiff eye muscles and blurry vision. Recently, my eyes have been watering mostly when I wake … read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
2,553 satisfied customers
I am getting a flash of light in my right eye when I turn
Hello,I am getting a flash of light in my right eye when I turn the eyes right and left and up and down Canyou advise please David … read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
I had cataract surgery and had a multifocal lens implanted.
Hello, I had cataract surgery and had a multifocal lens implanted. From the beginning I've seen halos around bright lights at night. But for a few weeks watching TV was great, then credits in bright c… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
Can a Technis ZLB00 lens be defective? I am having double
Can a Technis ZLB00 lens be defective? I am having double vision when looking out the side of my eye to the left. Looking straight on, the vision is almost sharp, but as I turn my head to the right, a… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
I am seeing flashes of light in my peripheral vision on the
I am seeing flashes of light in my peripheral vision on the left side starting this evening. No pain. I am 59 years old. Mom has a hx detached retina. Can this wait until morning, should I go to the E… read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,981 satisfied customers
I had a retinal detachment in july, and a vitrectomy and
hi, i had a retinal detachment in july, and a vitrectomy and scleral buckle to fix it in july. the last couple of days i have had a lightening bolt-like flash in the same eye appear every now and then… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
I had a retinal detachment, with a repair, a vitrectomy and
I had a retinal detachment, with a repair, a vitrectomy and a buckle on my right eye almost 3 months ago. I am still having headaches (localized in and around the eye socket). I have extreme discomfor… read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
I am seeing flashes of light in both eyes ..sometimes in
I am seeing flashes of light in both eyes ..sometimes in streaks ..some seem circular...also my left eye at times blurs and then clears again..is this serious? … read more
Dr. A.S. Desai
Dr. A.S. Desai
Board certified general ophthalmologist
Master\u0027s Degree
1,570 satisfied customers
I see flashes of light from my left eye. Is this a problem?
I see flashes of light from my left eye. Is this a problem? … read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,981 satisfied customers
Had a retinal detachment. Had to have natural lens removed
Had a retinal detachment. Had to have natural lens removed for surgery. Is there a contact lens I can wear until eye heals enough to replace lend … read more
wieyedoc
wieyedoc
Ophthalmologist & Retina Specialist
Doctoral Degree
627 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x