What do flashing lights look like with retinal detachment?
This is called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).
It is very common and more likely to happen as you get older.
As the vitreous pulls away from your retina you may see this as a flash of light in one or both eyes, like small sparkles, lightning or fireworks..
Do flashes always mean retinal detachment?
Flashes are brief sparkles or lightning streaks that are most easily seen when your eyes are closed. They often appear at the edges of your visual field. Floaters and flashes do not always mean that you will have a retinal detachment. But they may be a warning sign, so it is best to be checked by a doctor right away.
Are all eye flashes serious?
Flashes are sparks or strands of light that flicker across the visual field. Both are usually harmless. But they can be a warning sign of trouble in the eye, especially when they suddenly appear or become more plentiful.
What do eye flashes look like?
Flashes can be described in several ways, including seeing: A bright spot or streak of light. A jagged light that looks like lightening. Bursts of light that look like fireworks or camera flashes.
What are the warning signs of a detached retina?
SymptomsThe sudden appearance of many floaters — tiny specks that seem to drift through your field of vision.Flashes of light in one or both eyes (photopsia)Blurred vision.Gradually reduced side (peripheral) vision.A curtain-like shadow over your visual field.
How long can retinal detachment go unnoticed?
McCluskey also warns that a retinal tear can progress within 24 hours, though it varies from patient to patient. Therefore, anyone experiencing sudden changes of vision should call their ophthalmologist immediately, even during a weekend.