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Flashes in the dark

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  • Posted By: irg_commandojoe
  • October 18, 2007
  • 01:11 AM

Hi, I'm 22 and wear glasses. I am very nearsighted. For as long as I could remember I've always had floaters. However, they are pretty small and only show up when I look at the right kind of background and are generally not a problem.

Three nights ago (including tonight) when I laid down to go to sleep, I started to experience flashes. They occur only when I move my eyes in a dark room. They are more pronounced when my eyes are closed.

1. Could this be an early sign of vitreous detachment or posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) or some other condition?

2. If not, then what else could be the cause?

If you need any additional information, please ask. I plan on informing my doctor tomorrow, but would appreciate any extra insight here. Thank you.

-Joe

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  • The flashes of light are a symptom that is best NOT ignored.While it may be caused by vitreous detachment. it can also be caused by retinal tears or detachment. In the case of th latter, early treatment and diagnosis are essential to protect your vision. Even if it is vitreous detachment, be aware that it can precede retinal detachment or tears.Don't delay getting an examination by an opthamologist.Tell the receptionist that you've been seeing flashes of light and you will get a very prompt appointment.Be prepared for pupil dilation, so have someone drive you to the appointment.You won't be able to drive while your pupils are dilated and it takes hours for them to return to normal.There are other possible causes but you need an opthamologist to determine the cause.
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    • October 19, 2007
    • 04:54 AM
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  • I went to a retina specialist doctor and as it turns out there is nothing wrong. The possible explanation he gave me for the flashes is that with myopia the retina is stretched by the "football-shaped" eyeball... The non-medical terminology and analogy I use is an indication of the level of understanding I have (read: very limited), therefore I would appreciate any further elaboration on the cause of the flashes. Thanks. -Joe
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    • October 24, 2007
    • 00:16 AM
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  • I went to a retina specialist doctor and as it turns out there is nothing wrong. The possible explanation he gave me for the flashes is that with myopia the retina is stretched by the "football-shaped" eyeball... -Joe i think there are other non eye causes for flashes as migrain with aura. epilipsy.but i think that you shold rullout the eye causes first.the problem is not as simple as you think ,i suggest that you should do a follow up or you should be re examend by another ophthalmologest.your complaint is part of my problem and i read too much about it if you want to contact me .my e mail is htm.alm.dn@gmail.com but plz dont miss to inform me about your age history of general illness as diabet. or hyperten. and your eye condition eg.myopia of ?? in evrey eye and what is your job and how it is going now.God willing i hear a good news about you early.
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  • I don't think it is anything to be worried about. During the time I had the problems I was taking 19 credits, so I was constantly reading day and night. I think it was just eye strain and nothing more. I haven't had any other symptoms and the flashes are totally gone now. Thanks for your reply and concern. -Joe
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  • I don't think it is anything to be worried about. During the time I had the problems I was taking 19 credits, so I was constantly reading day and night. I think it was just eye strain and nothing more. I haven't had any other symptoms and the flashes are totally gone now. Thanks for your reply and concern. -Joehappy to here this news about you .and i hope you be better ,ma3a alsalama "good bye with English ".Dr. htm.
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