Dirt specs and flashing lights at night

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At night I see flashing lights and they disappear. After a little while they come back whenever I move my eyes.  Even during daytime, I can feel specks of dust particles in both my eyes, some of them big and others are small but no flashing lights at daytime.  These have only started in the last couple of weeks and don't know what they are.  Has anyone come across these flashing lights and dust specks?  Do I need a referral from a doctor to see an ophthalmologist?

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    Hello Rose,

    I am sorry to hear about this unpleasant


    Just to ask whether you have dry eyes by any chance?

    Dry eyes can give the sensation of

    grittiness and you can get drops to relieve

    It from the GP; he/she will also refer you to an Ophthalmologist if necessary.

    Our vision is such a precious thing that

    It's better to see about your concern sooner

    Rather than later.

    Keep in touch and let us know how you

    Get on.

    Best Wishes


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    Specks of dust, I am horribly familiar with. But not the flashing lights.

    Flashing lights could be an interior, behind the eye thing and I strongly suggest you see your GP or an ophthalmologist right away

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    Hey guys,

    Thank you so much for all your comments.  I will be calling my doctor tomorrow for a referral as I myself am quite worried.

    Alice - I don't have dry eyes in fact my eyes water quite often when I am out and when its either windy or in cold weather.

    Once again thank you!!

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    You can still suffer from 'dry eyes' even if your eyes appear to water.  When I have 'flashing lights' it is usually because my uveitis has flared up again but, dry eyes can also cause it.

    You could either ask your GP to refer you to your local eye clinic, or High Street Opticians can also refer you, they tend to give you a letter for the same day.


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