What causes light flashes in vision? - Online Doctor Chats
Yesterday I was sitting at my desk working on the computer and then answered the phone and all of a sudden I started seeing flashes of light out of my right eye. I had no other symptons and it lasted about 10 minutes
I read your query. Tell me , did you have any pain or a headache when the flashes happened?
Ok. And dizziness?
OK. Well that means that the most likely explanation is vitreous detachment
Sounds scary, but actually it's not big deal and it happens to people as they age
When it happened it made me a little nervous so I drank some water and took an xanex (I sometimes have panic attacks)
especially in near sighted people
The vitreous is a gel-like fluid which fills most of the eye. As people age, this vitreous becomes more and more liquefied.
It looked like squares that were flashing over and over
Yup. That's it!
usually happens from age 45 on
I remember it happening about two years ago when I was watching TV. Will certain type of light affect it as well?
type of light not so much. But if you are squinting alot BECAUSE the lighting is poor. That will bring it on
The flashes might come and go for the next few days this week.
Well it was scary! anything I can do to prevent? should I see a doctor or wait until my yearly eye check up
but they should go away after a week
Make sure that you're vision doesn't need any correction (make sure you don't need glasses)
and make sure the computer work that you do doesn't strain your eyes (give yourself lots of rest, just close your eyes for 5 minutes every hour or so)
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