Flashing lights are a concerning symptom that should prompt an immediate visit to your optometrist. Sometimes flashing lights can be due to a migraine which will resolve by itself. However, flashing lights can also indicate a potential retinal issue in the back of the eye. It can be caused by a rip or tear in the retina, which is the light sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. Usually it is accompanied by floaters but can also occur without floaters. People with high nearsightedness or myopic Rx tend to be at a greater risk of a retinal tear, although tears can occur at any prescription level. If your retina has a rip or tear, it needs to be promptly fixed with surgery. If you are experiencing flashing lights, please contact our optometrists right away for an examination.


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