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What causes a sudden flashing of a bright arc-shaped light on the left side of the eye when rotate it from left to right?

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Dr. Suresh Heijebu

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Posted on Wed, 8 Aug 2018 in Vision and Eye Disorders
Question: My left eye just started flashing a bright arc-shaped light on the left side of my eye when I rotate my eye from left to right. What could be causing this? Is it something that needs immediate attention?
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Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Can be a reflection of retinal pathology

Detailed Answer:
Hello Madam,

I can certainly understand your concern and have worked through your attached query in detail.

This symptom is called Flashing of light or Photopsia

These symptoms may reflect a retinal detachment.

Hence it's advisable to get it screened at earliest via fundoscopic eye examination.

Likewise, it's also important to rule out hypertension or Glaucoma eye conditions

Further management if any is largely based on these test results.

Please post your further queries if any
Thank you


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