Flashes of light



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 08/06/2016 - 05:56
United States
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I'm a 17 year old male. About three years ago i got into a fight and got punched twice in the right eye. Went to eye doctors and everything was fine and normal.

A year and half later, I started losing vision, and I had a prescription for glasses. I'm nearsighted. Then I started seeing a floater, like a string in my left eye. I started losing more vision throughout the years. About three months ago, I went to the eye doctor, and he told me that everything was fine, but I'm a glaucoma suspect due to the trauma i had three years ago.

A month later, I was exercising, then I did push ups, but when i got up i saw falling flashes of light, there were a bunch of them. I also felt dizzy, but then I ate and everything was fine. Two days ago I went to a new eye doctor to see if she had a different opinion. She told me that everything was very healthy and there was nothing wrong. She later added that I might be a glaucoma suspect.

I forgot to mention about the floater and about the flashing lights I saw while exercising. Even though she said everything was fine, I'm still worried because I didn't mention it.

Thank you





Thanks for your Question


With trauma to the eye, changes can occur in vitreous body which is a gel like material inside your eye. This vitreous body is attached to the inner part of the retina. With trauma, liquefaction of vitreous can occur and detachment from retina also can occur and it is called posterior vitreous detachment which is a benign condition and require no treatments.

Eye floaters and flashes of lights are symptoms of posterior vitreous detachment. Sometimes, retinal tear with retinal detachment can occur with vitreous detachment and dilated fundus examination should be done to rule out these two things.



If the last eye doctor that you visited dilated your pupil and examined your retina, then there is no need to visit her again, if not you should revisit her.

Sometimes, eye floaters are associated with dizziness and it usually for few seconds.

Glaucoma suspect means that you have normal intraocular pressure with normal vision and visual field and normal optic disc but abnormal shape of the anterior segment of the eye.

Most likely you have this abnormal shape of the eye due to eye trauma. Regular annual follow up to measure intraocular pressure is recommended.