What does it mean if I see flashes of light?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you see flashes of light (unrelated to lightning or someone taking your picture) that means some of your retina cells are detonating. The flashes are usually harmless, but may be a sign of a retinal detachment, so you should call your eye doctor immediately.
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