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Eye flashes are those flashes of light that occur within a person’s field of vision, usually in individuals over the age of 50. Although most flashes are not a sign of a serious eye problem, you should get regular eye exams to monitor your eyes to protect your vision. At Shreveport Eye Clinic in Shreveport, LA, we offer diagnosis and treatment of annoying eye flashes.
As you get older, you may experience sudden, quick flashes of light at the periphery of your vision. If you haven’t experienced them before, they can be a disturbing event. These flashes occur when the vitreous fluid of the eyes shrinks or changes, usually with aging. The fluid pulls on the retina of the eye, causing the pinpoint or a lightning bolt of light. Most eye flashes are harmless, but they could signal a problem with the retina. You should always mention eye flashes to your eye doctor during your regular visits.
Your ophthalmologist can provide a comprehensive eye examination that includes dilating the pupils to allow viewing the internal structures of the eyes. In this way, the doctor is able to see bleeding, leakage of fluid, or scarring that could indicate a problem of the retina that requires treatment.
Eye flashes may be harmless. However, if repeated flashes occur, or if you experience vision loss like the lowering of a curtain, you should see an eye doctor immediately. A number of procedures are available to help retinal tears or detachment. These may involve laser surgery to re-attach the retina or tiny devices that help to support the retina in position. Extreme cold is also used to re-affix the retina. Vitrectomy is also used to repair retinal tears.
You can help maintain healthy eyes by eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to stop. Wear sunglasses whenever you are outdoors in bright sunlight. Make sure to have eye infections or injuries treated promptly. Finally, get regular eye exams that include dilation of pupils to examine internal eye structures.
Dr. Clemons and Dr. Kirchner have extensive training in ophthalmology and bring their years of experience to the care of their patients in Shreveport, LA, and surrounding communities. We offer exams, vision correction surgery, low vision care, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, and corneal surgery. Call Shreveport Eye Clinic today at 318-861-4009 for an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy.