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Should I be concerned about floaters and flashes of light in my eyes?

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  • AWayne Bizer, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart

    Flashes of light and new floaters are a combination of symptoms that cause concern to every ophthalmologist as they may indicate a tear in the retina or the beginnings of a retinal detachment.  Many patients have these symptoms and are told by their ophthalmologist that everything is fine, but a small percentage of people with these symptoms need serious treatment and are at some degree of risk for the loss of all of the sight in the eye.  A comprehensive examination of your eyes by an ophthalmologist (Eye-MD) is required immediately.

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