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Last night I began seeing "lightning flashes" in the outer

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Hi. Last night I began seeing "lightning flashes" in the outer corner of my right eye. I now think this must be a retinal tear. It is now late Saturday. Should I go to the emergency room or can I wait until Monday to call my opthamologist?
JA: When was the last time you had your eyes checked? In general, how has your vision been lately?
Customer: Several years but I had an appointment set up for 8/8
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: COPD and tachycardia issues
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 2 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JA. Dr Saleem here. Will be answering you shortly

Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 2 months ago.

Taking a wait-and-see approach, called watchful waiting, is not an option if you have new or sudden flashes or floaters, darkness over part of your visual field, or a new loss of vision that does not go away. Sudden, rapid vision loss is a medical emergency.

Would definitely recommend an urgent visit to ER .

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Expert:  Dr.Saleem replied 2 months ago.


I hope you are doing great. Please take some time out to reward credit for the consult by clicking 5 stars. Thanking you in anticipation.

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Dr Saleem.