35 and got floaters and I think flashes as I do not know exactly.

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I have got loads of floaters since two weeks ago. When to a doctor and she dilated the eye and said there was nothing wrong but if persists to come back. 

Now I feel that when I blink from my right eye, I see a flash. sad Is that how flashes come?

I am not sure. it is only when I blink. Anyone has any experience. 

I am going through so much lately... this is just one more thing... please let me know what flashes are. I am so scared that it maybe a serious thing as I have googled so much and it seems serious. 

 

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    Are you getting a flashing light every time you blink or just sometimes when you blink?
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      That doesn’t sound right, has it got worse since you saw your doctor? If it has, I would go to go to the nearest emergency eye hospital, if I were you. When it comes to your vision you can’t be too careful. Do you have an emergency eye department in your local hospital? If you don’t know phone up and ask.
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    My advice would be to see a Retina Surgeon if you are at all worried.  I spent over 8yrs with a detached retina as every eye doctor I saw said the flashes I was seeing was either a schisis or posterior vitreous detachment, when in fact my retina had detached and it's now chronic and surgery will only make it worse.  I had never realised how many different specialists there are with eye doctors, even a retina specialist isn't able to diagnose things as specifically as a retina surgeon.

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      Hi, Can you still see? what were your symptoms? Mine is an eye surgeon that I am seeing today. 

       

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    I don't get the flashing lights every time I blink, some days seem worse than others, I think it often depends on the light I am in at the time.  My symptoms started as seeing like a camera flash right on the edge of my vision, it would only happen when I went from a light room to a dark room so when they said it was posterior vitreous detachment I just assumed the diagnosis was correct, but to be on the safe side I went to see someone privately and that specialist told me I had a schisis which is a thinning of the retina.  For 8yrs the symptoms pretty much stayed the same until last year when I noticed some flickering in the periphery of my vision, so I went to the optician to get my eyes tested.  They did a field of vision test, something I hadn't had done before, and noted that I had lost 25% of my peripheral vision in the affected eye.  I was then given an urgent referral to my local eye hospital and saw 3 specialists before being referred to a retina surgeon from Moorfields and his diagnosis was that the damage to eye was from years ago, so most likely that was what my first symptoms were.  My vision is okay to be honest, I have to go back to see the specialist in December as he thinks to do surgery on the eye would mean I could lose my central vision, which would be worse than the peripheral vision I have lost.  If you have seen a retina surgeon and they have said your eye is fine then I'm sure it is, I don't want to worry anyone with vision problems but it does concern me that so many people don't see someone qualified enough to give a correct diagnosis.

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      I dont think that she is a retina surgeon. I do not know if we have any of those in my country. I will have to check. But she is an eye surgeon. 

      If you do not mind me asking. How old are you ?

      Even when I keep my eyes closed, I see a white spot where I see the flash when I blink. Dead scared. 

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    I'm 63, so mine started when I was about 55.  I know that posterior vitreous detachment is common as we get older and it does give symptoms of flashes.  I forgot you mentioned floaters, I've always had floaters in the past, not a huge amount but enough to be annoying at times.  However in the last 8mths or so they are noticeably worse, it almost looks like snow when I look against a pure white background, but unless I do that I really don't notice them.

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    Have you got your eyes checked yet?
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      HI, Yes, I got it checked by an eye surgeon who did a 3 mirror test (keeping a lens on my eye) and said I may have early signs of lattice degeneration. Then referred me to a Retina Surgeon and he checked it and said there is nothing to worry and there is no sign of Lattice Degeneration. I should watch out for flashes. What I am describing apparently are not flashes. But I am thinking if Retina Surgeons says nothing to worry, then I am out of the woods. However, he said if I start seeing flashes then I should see him again. 

      Trying to get back to my life as I was obsessing over this for 3 weeks and I am so tired and I have neglected most of my work related my profession and family. 

      Thank you for inquiring. 

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      Make sure you look after yourself and get plenty of rest, lack of sleep can cause flashing lights at the corner of your eyes.
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