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Flashes of light are "sparks" that you may see when you move your head. They can happen when the
vitreous gel in your eye pulls or tugs (causes traction) on the
retina. This creates nerve impulses that appear as
flashes of light.
The flashes are easier to see when your eyes are closed or you are looking at a dark
area. They may come and go.
Flashes of light are often harmless, but they can be a sign of a retinal problem and should be checked by a doctor right away.
Current as of:
March 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology
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