Bright flash in left eye after blinking



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 03/26/2019 - 01:46
United States
Did you perform any surgery for the eyes?
Do you suffer from pre-existing illnesses in the eye?

I am myopic My glasses have a power of -3.5 I do have a cylindrical adjustment

Do you suffer from any diseases in the body?
Do you use any eye drops?
Do you wear Contact lenses or Eyeglasses?

My glasses have a power of -3.50 D





For the past few days, I've seen a bright flash in my left eye. It normally occurs just as I blink, but sometimes occurs at random moments. It's a small flash, almost a line, always in the same spot. However, it's shape changes, from a little squiggle to a small u-shape.

The bright spot seems to be around the center of my vision. It goes away after half a second or so, after blinking. I'm worried that it might be a retinal issue, but I don't have the knowledge to self-diagnose.

I do have a few floaters, and a large floater in the other eye. I haven't experienced  any issues with my other eye to date. I am also myopic, and have been so for about 12 years, but my prescription hasn't changed for the last 5 years or so. I also spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, which I am worried may have caused this.

Thanks in advance for your help!




Thanks for your Question

It very common for myopic people to have floaters and also to have flashes of light. Flashes of light occur when the vitreous body or gel inside your eye moves and pulls on your retina. Eye blinking causes the vitreous body to move. 

I always recommend my patients who experience eye flashes to visit an eye doctor to have full retinal examination just to be sure nothing is there