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I have recently noticed flashed of light around the edge of

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I have recently noticed flashed of light around the edge of my right eye at night.
I think this relates to black spots showing up.
The flashes have stopped and now my vision is a little cloudy I think as a result of these black spots dissolving.
I can see clearly and good vision now.
Was that all it was is the edge break off and dissolve a black spots?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
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 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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