PHOTOPSIAS OR FLASHES OF LIGHT

WHAT DO PHOTOPSIAS OR FLASHES OF LIGHT MEAN?

The presence of photopsias or flashes of light entail that the vitreous gel which is inside the eye is pulling the retina somewhere. The retina is a nervous tissue that, when stimulated by tractions, produces a light reaction that is usually seen in the visual field periphery. Photopsias are a sign of traction and may indicate from a simple pulling due to a sudden movement of the vitreous gel to a retinal detachment.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SEE FLASHES OF LIGHT?

Considering the possibility that these flashes of light may involve a retinal detachment, we advise you to be seen by the ophthalmologist, as soon as possible, to dismiss the above-mentioned pathology.