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I am seeing flashes of light in my peripheral vision on the

left side starting this evening...
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 ER, or am I worrying too much?
JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: No pain, only flashes of light, mostly when I turn my head, whether my eyes are open or closed. Going on for about an hour.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Have had lasik surgery 10 years ago, history of nearsightedness. Recent borderline HTN, no treatment yet.
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Dr. Chip
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Hello I'm Dr Chip

This may be a vitreous humor detachment and not an actual retinal detachment but right now I don't consider it an emergency--tomorrow is soon enough to get it checked out

Please let me know if you need any more information

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
You were correct with your diagnosis. I saw my ophthalmologist the next day and was diagnosed with a vitreous detachment, fortunately without a retinal tear. Since I have risk factors for a retinal tear, I'll be going for a recheck an a couple of weeks. Thank you for your advice.

My pleasure

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