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I am and I have slight bright flashes in my left eye/vision

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I am 69 and I have slight bright flashes
in my left eye/vision
is this a symptom of anything?
I understand your concern and it's my pleasure to help you in every aspect.
As per your description,the most common cause for flashes of light at this age is posterior vitreous detachment(PVD).
In this condition the thick gel at the back of the eye gets detached from its surrounding retina.
This results in retinal traction which results in the symptom of flashes of light and includes color distortion.
It is not a serious issue and does not require any specific treatment.
A routine retina examination needs to be done by an ophthalmologist in your case.
And make an appointment in next few days.
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 ophthalmologist promptly in that case.
Hope this helps.
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