Treatment for Flashes from Our Ophthalmologist in Kissimmee
Bright flashes of light often herald happy or exciting occasions, from holiday fireworks to flash bulbs from wedding or party photography. But, when you experience mysterious flashes in your vision, your reaction is more likely to be one of fear or concern. Thankfully, you have skilled friends who can help you here at Eye Care Specialists of Florida in Kissimmee. Our ophthalmologist, Dr. Choudhri, can discover the cause of your symptoms and provide any necessary medical care to help you safeguard your eyesight.
Causes of Eye Flashes
If you see strange pinpricks, spots, and jagged lines of bright light with no obvious source from the outside world, you're not alone. Many people experience these symptoms, especially as they get older, either on their own or accompanied by other odd phenomena known as floaters. In some cases, flashes of light may be associated with an underlying medical problem such as chronic migraines. But, they're also caused by issues afflicting the retina, the layer of tissue at the back of the eye that receives incoming light for the optic nerves.
The eye is filled with a gelatinous material called the vitreous humor. The vitreous humor can sometimes shift or shrink with age—and as it does, it can tug on the neighboring retinal tissue. Even a mild tug on the retina can cause occasional flashes, and no actual damage is done in these cases. But, if the humor's action pulls too hard on the retina, it can actually cause a retinal tear. A retinal tear may heal on its own without further complications. However, it's also possible for fluid to move into the tear and start peeling the retina away from the back of the eye. This condition is a retinal detachment, an emergency condition that causes permanent blindness without immediate care.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
If you're suffering from flashes that seem to be increasing in frequency or severity, don't panic -- but do come to Eye Care Specialists of Florida right away for an evaluation. Our ophthalmologist can look inside the affected eye (as well as the other eye, just to be safe), inspecting the retinal surface in detail for the telltale signs of a tear or detachment. Depending on the situation, we may administer laser photocoagulation or cryopexy (freezing) to seal a retinal tear before it can turn into a detachment. We can also perform surgery to repair a detached retina.
Concerned About Flashes? Contact Our Kissimmee Eye Doctor
If eye flashes have got you worried, give your eyes the attention they need and deserve by scheduling an appointment at Eye Care Specialists of Florida in Kissimmee. Call our eye doctor at (407) 483-0328 today.