Learn About Flashes in Your Vision

Your eye health is critical in Colorado Springs, CO. A visit to the optometrist regularly will make it easier to address vision concerns as well as ocular diseases. If you are getting flashes of light or dark, it may be a sign that there is something else going on – and at Chapel Hills Vision Clinic, we can work to establish the condition and discuss treatment.


What are flashes?

You may notice flashes of light periodically. Some people refer to it as “seeing stars.” The flashes of light is caused by the vitreous gel inside your eye rubbing or pulling on the retina. It is more common to experience these as you get older. However, if it is becoming increasingly more common, it is important to seek an optometry appointment.

In some instances, the flashes of light can be a sign that there is a tear in your retina.

Some of the symptoms you may experience include:

  • Sudden flashes of light
  • Floaters or showers of floaters
  • Loss of vision on one side

As for why floaters ad flashes happen, it is often when the vitreous gel inside of the eye begins to shrink. There may also be a sudden release of blood cells from the blood vessels under the retina – it’s why you can experience “seeing stars” if you rub your eye too hard or get hit in the eye.

How to Treat Flashes

While it is easy to attribute flashes to aging, it could be something else going on with your vision. Especially if the flashes are happening so frequently that they are impacting your vision, you will want to make an appointment with the eye care doctor.

At Chapel Hills Vision Clinic, we can diagnose flashes and floaters with a clinical exam. Depending on what we see, we can even conduct other tests, including an ultrasound.

We can prescribe eye drops and more to help with the lubrication of the eye. In many instances, there is no specific remedy. However, laser freezing therapy and surgery are options if you suffer from a retinal tear.

There is simply no way of knowing why you’re having the flashes and how to provide a remedy until you come in. We will be able to perform an exam and discuss the options available to you.

Schedule Your Appointment with Us Today

Flashes may be nothing. Then again, they may be a sign that there is something else going on. It all depends on how severe they are and how frequently they are occurring. When you are encountering the problem in Colorado Springs, you can work with an optometrist to find out what it all means.

Book your optometry appointment to learn more about flashes today. At Chapel Hills Vision Clinic, we are committed to getting you the vision care that you need.


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