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Should I visit a doctor about seeing light flashes and shadows?

You need a comprehensive examination by an ophthalmologist. Anytime a person is experiencing flashes of light and floaters, an eye examination is necessary. In fact, a baseline eye examination is important for anyone over the age of 40, even if they have no symptoms at all.

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