Permanent flashes and both eyes and a tiny blind spot

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Here is my problem. I had a car accident back in July where I was hit on the drivers door by a car eating a red light. During the impact I hit my head hard on the steering wheel and fractured my orbital bone over my left eye. When in the emergency room they did a cat scan finding the fracture and referred me to an ophthalmologist. I explain to the ophthalmologist the black spots that were now in both eyes. He referred me to a retina specialist. Right away the retina specialist found three Horshoe tears two in the left eye and one in the right! Hey repair the two tears on the left eye and one week later repair the one on the right eye . Only after the surgeries I got stuck with flashes in both eyes. I've had numerous appointment with the retina specialist where he keeps saying everything looks fine and the flashes should go away it's now been seven months and I still have the flashes . The flashes look like car lights coming at you at night time and like drops of water hittin a body of water, lights are way brighter and every light has lines going in all directions. He then send me to a Neuro- ophthalmologist claiming it was related to the brain since I was also diagnosed with a concussionThe Neuro-ophthalmologist said there's no way it's connected to the brain that after retina surgery is a small percentage of people end up with the flashers. He then said I was in the category of those people who end up with flashes after retina surgery. I have an appointment with the retina specialist in a month and I'm waiting to see what he's going to suggest now. Can anyone help me with any information thank you

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    There maybe some injury to retinal nerve or macula at the back of the eys... You will find out after he examines you. 
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    Hi wiseandsam. I'm sorry to hear about your flashes. I had a severe black eye resulting in flashing lights 9 years ago. I have had to this day constant arcs and blobs every time I blink. Now the eye flashes while open driving under dark bridges. I had shadowing thst went away for a couple weeks a few years back and the flashing started up right away. I've been to 9 or 10 retinal docs and none have seen anything wrong with my eye. They just say retinal or vitreous traction and offer NO treatment saying the,flashes will go away. It's been 9 years of this,for me. I think I have to file a lawsuit at this point as,I can't deal with them much longer. You are not alone.

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      Unless there are symptoms of retinal detachment, they cannot do anything because, 

      flashes and floaters are common symptoms which often affect normal eyes. They usually occur because of changes that happen in the jelly-like substance inside the eye (the vitreous humour). The most common causes need no treatment and tend to settle by themselves. 

      Haloes are bright circles which seem to surround a source of light. They are also referred to as glare. They are common, particularly in older people. They can be unpleasant and uncomfortable and lead to temporary dazzling which may particularly affect driving at night. They can sometimes be a sign of underlying eye conditions like glaucoma.

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      Hi Rocky. I hope you don't mind me replying to you. I just have to say that my disabling flashes have cost me my mental health after suffering with flashes for almost 10 years. I cant read, watch tv , do my art pretty much everything people take for granted every day. It floors me that the medical community would ignore a patient that has become indigent because of these flashin lights. I get hundreds of them per day, all day depending what lighting I am in. Now before I even wake up and open my eyes my bad eye starts arcing up and down down and up a few times when the sun comes in my room. This is not normal and not okay for someone to live with this mental stress foe so many years. Sorry just had to vent.

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      Sorry to hear that. However, it depends how old are you and any other nervous system pathology like migraine or papilloedema, these are common. Do you have haloes too ? 
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      Thanks for replying! I'm 32 and I was 31 when the accident occurred. I also had a pvd (left eye only) or should I say a partial pvd that was only discovered after I started having the flashes in the left eye first. See I had horse shoe tears (2) in the left and and had the left eye lasered first. one week later I had the horse shoe tear repaired in my right eye and that night is when the flashes started in my left eye. Then after another week came around after my laser surgery in my right one the flashes started in the right eye. As I'm tying this the flashes look like a drop of water falling on a lens which you are looking through! With light of course. They are popping like fireworks and I'm laying in bed with the lights off. A couple of weeks later the sensitivity to lights started and vision gets really blurry From long distance . Now a what seems to be like a small blind spot 7 o clock left eye where it's really depressing me as of lately. This is a workers Comp case which means a lot of the doctors are hired guns for an insurance company. I asked for a second opionion, I wanted another retina specialist and the adjusters sent me to a neuro optimilogist which just confirmed what I already knew that I might literally have damaged retinas. So the nuero optomologist sent a long letter to the retina specialist saying the flashes weren't related to brain that the Occurances are directing resulting from the retinas! Next Friday I go to the retina specialist again waiting to see if he's going to keep singing the same tune or something new. Thanks again for any info

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      Forgot to mention they 3 more the ago when I seen the retina specialist he stated that the pvd settled
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    I don't want to alarm yiu wiseandsam, but the flashing could go on indefinately. Do you have myopia? Because an odd shaped eyeball is more prone to problems like this. My bad eye is myopic, menaning it isn't rounder but football shaped. I don't know if I have a partial pvd , partial retinal detachment, macular or retinal hole. All docs have seen nothing. VItrectomy which they won't do, seems to be my only option. Amazingly my mom's local eye doctor saw Scarring on my retina and beginning of glaucoma. The retinal specialists didn't even bother to mention this to me. Amazing. Sorry, I'm beyond frustrated at this point and had to reply to your post. I hope your flashe's go away eventually.

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