Lickteig Family Eyecare Offers Care for Eye Flashes
As people age, they may notice sudden flashes of light in the corners of their vision. The first few times, this can be an unnerving experience, and you may worry that something is wrong with your vision. However, eye flashes are quite common, and in most cases, are not a sign of serious eye disease. However, if you have eye flashes, you should have your eyes examined regularly to be alert to changes in your eye health. At Lickteig Family Eyecare, with offices in Boston, Natick, Dedham, and Medford, MA, we offer examinations and ongoing monitoring of troublesome eye flashes.
Causes of Eye Flashes
The human eye mainly consists of vitreous gel. As people age, this gel becomes less flexible and may begin to bump against or pull on the retina. The result is a sudden flash of light that has a crescent shape or lightning bolt shape. The flashes generally occur infrequently, but if you notice more flashes than usual, you should see an eye professional.
Who Gets Eye Flashes?
Generally, people over the age of 60 develop eye flashes in the course of normal aging. Individuals who are very nearsighted are prone to these sudden, unexpected eye flashes.
Treatment of Eye Flashes
Most eye flashes are benign and do not require treatment. However, underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, can increase the risk of eye flashes and detachment of the retina, which can cause permanent vision loss. Individuals with health issues may be advised to get more frequent eye exams to protect their vision.
When Eye Flashes Signal an Eye Emergency
An occasional flash of light in the eyes is generally not a sign of a serious eye condition. However, if you experience more eye flashes than usual or notice vision loss like a veil closing over part of the eye, you should see your eye doctor immediately for an examination. These symptoms could indicate a retinal detachment, which can cause permanent vision loss.
Make Lickteig Family Eyecare Your Eye Doctor in the Boston Area
The optometrists at Lickteig Family Eyecare combine their experience and training to provide quality eye care for their patients the Boston Area. We offer a broad range of vision care services, including comprehensive exams, contact lens fitting, eyeglass, fitting, pediatric eye care and management of eye diseases. Call Lickteig Family Eyecare today at 617-988-8136 in Boston, 508-653-0919 in Natick, 781-329-0067 in Dedham or 781-350-7008 in Medford for an appointment to have your eyes checked and to learn about eye flashes and their treatment.