Eye Flashes Treatment From Our Ophthalmologist in Chapel Hill

Here at Chapel Hill Ophthalmology we often get calls from patients who are worried because they see flashes of light in one or both eyes. These lights aren't connected with anything outside and the patient wants an eye doctor to examine their eyes to determine if they may be going blind. Those looking for an ophthalmologist in Chapel Hill call us. After an exam, we can often reassure them that the flashes are not dangerous.


The Problem

Have you ever rubbed your eyes a little vigorously and noticed little lights that look like shooting stars across your vision? Maybe you have started seeing short flashes of light that look like they are in the corner of your eye. These are things that many people experience at times. The vitreous gel in your eyes starts to shrink as you get older. This causes more pressure on your retina, the part of your eye that processes light. As the pressure increases, your eye may experience short flashes of light.

When Flashes Are Not Dangerous

If you see the light after you have rubbed your eye, and the lights disappear after a few seconds, you are most likely fine. The same is true if you see the flash only on rare occasions. As you get older, these flashes may be more frequent, but a regular eye exam will help you know if there is anything you need to be concerned about. 

When to Call an Eye Doctor

There are times, however, when flashes of light may indicate a more serious problem such as a tear in your retina. Call your eye doctor immediately if:

  • The flashes have started suddenly and won't go away
  • There is any pain in your eye
  • You see a dark or blurry area in your vision
  • You have been hit in the eye

Any sudden changes in your eye are important to get checked out. Many eye problems, when caught early, can be fixed. If you are unsure about whether or not there is something wrong, the best thing to do is make an appointment with your eye doctor.

Call Our Ophthalmologist in Chapel Hill

Any time you notice a change in your eyes, whether it is flashes of light, blurry vision, or just not being able to see as well as you used to, give us a call. At Chapel Hill Ophthalmology, we understand how important your eyesight is, and we will do all we can to keep you seeing clearly for as long as you can. Contact us today.


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