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Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: September 29, 2020 11:15PM
There are yellow flashes in my right eye from about 11:00 to 5:00. My left eye is OK. I guess a trip to the opthamologist tomorrow is in order. He's an hour away.
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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 29, 2020 11:32PM
If it's pulsating zig-zags, it may be an optical migraine.
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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: September 29, 2020 11:51PM
It doesn't pulse. It's yellow lightning bolts that are thin and curve with the eye contour. The flash is almost instant. The vast middle of the eye is clear and there is no pain or sensation. It's the same yellow flashes I get when I cough or look hard to the side.
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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: September 30, 2020 01:10AM
Go see the eye doctor!
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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: September 30, 2020 01:23AM
Not necessarily a detached retina. As you get older the vitreous humour starts to contract and the flashes are it pulling away from the retina. In most cases this will happen with no problems however you should still see a specialist to be checked out as in a very small number of cases the detaching pulls at the retina and that can cause a problem.

Paul



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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: September 30, 2020 02:00AM
I'm going tomorrow.
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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: bobinmurphy
Date: September 30, 2020 06:54AM
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voodoopenguin
Not necessarily a detached retina. As you get older the vitreous humour starts to contract and the flashes are it pulling away from the retina. In most cases this will happen with no problems however you should still see a specialist to be checked out as in a very small number of cases the detaching pulls at the retina and that can cause a problem.

Paul

Yes, this is pretty normal as we age but it needs to be checked. If it's just the aging thing it usually disappears on it's own. Scared the crap out of me when I noticed it in my eyes, but after having my eyes checked and getting the full explanation I just put up with it until it disappeared.
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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: flareslow
Date: September 30, 2020 07:23AM
When I was diagnosed with a macular hole in my left retina, the symptoms i noticed included the flashes you described. I also noticed a couple of new "floaters" in that eye. Do an internet search for "Amsler Grid", print one and follow the instructions. It was helpful in getting my diagnosis. Surgery fixed it.
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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 30, 2020 08:06AM
As you get older the vitreous humour starts to contract and the flashes are it pulling away from the retina. In most cases this will happen with no problems however you should still see a specialist to be checked out as in a very small number of cases the detaching pulls at the retina and that can cause a problem.


This.

Don't panic.

Great, you have an appointment, time to unclench.

It could be nothing more than this, and it's very common.

Or not, but you'll know soon enough.

I've had this for a year now, been to the optho twice, for this and a refraction.

They advised to keep... well, you know.

If it gets worse, I'll let them know.

At first I thought it was car headlights coming through the window, as I never saw it in the daytime.

Then I realized my chair blocked my peripheral vision so it must be internal.

It rarely happens when my eyes are closed, but the first time it did was the tipping point.

That's when I got on the 'Phone.

Then didn't mention anything about a flush and fluid change, so it's just something to live with. at least for me.





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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: September 30, 2020 10:57AM
I had similar symptoms. Eye doc said everything looked normal. Went away on its own a few months later.



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Re: Flashes of light around eye perimeter - detached retina?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: September 30, 2020 12:38PM
It's 95% better this morning. The doctor comes to my town every Tuesday so I will keep that possibility.
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