Eye Flashes – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Eye Flashes are experienced in the form of lighting streaks or flashing lights. This happens when the vitreous gel in the eye rubs on the retina. However, eye flashes can also be triggered due to a disease, head trauma or exposure to chemicals. In most cases, eye flashes are benign and are no cause of concern. Unfortunately, the leading symptom of a retinal detachment is eye flashes, which is why all cases of light flashes should be taken to a professional.

Symptoms of eye flashes can include sudden flashes of lights or 'stars'. In some cases the flashes of light can be in the form of jagged lines which last for 10 to 20 minutes. The light flashes associated with a migraine have shapes, colors and last longer. On the other hand, the flashes associated with vitreous separation are shorter and without any kind of shapes. If eye flashes are accompanied by a headache, then it's most probably a migraine headache.

Aging is one of the main causes of eye flashes. As one reaches middle age, the vitreous gel in the eye starts thickening and forms clumps inside the eye. The shrinking vitreous gel starts pulling away from the retina leading to a vitreous detachment. Posterior vitreous detachment is more commonly found in the following individuals: myopic patients, those who have undergone cataract operations, those who have experienced inflammation in the eye or those with hereditary defects.

Although eye flashes are normal and will occur to most people throughout their lives, if you notice eye flashes for no apparent reason, you should consult an eye doctor as soon as possible. Eye flashes are perfectly normal during exercise and other strenuous activities; although those activities should be avoided in the future as eye flashes are the brain's way to alert you of pain in the retina (you can't experience the sensation of pain in your retina).

Although a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) is generally a part of the natural aging process and cannot be prevented, there are numerous factors that can increase the chances of a retinal detachment. These factors can include major eye/head trauma, hereditary history of retinal detachments, myopia and previous surgery. Individuals with these factors have a high risk of undergoing vitreous detachment complications.

A good way to cure your eye flashes is with the help of the Eye Floaters Solution which will help you get rid of not only your eye flashes, but your eye floaters as well.

See Also

- Eye Floaters
- Retinal Detachment
- Macular Degeneration


  1. I am 5 weeks out after Vitrectomy and Scelra Buckle surgery for a deatched retina. I had a torn retina fixed by Laser surgery, then the Retina deatched and I had Pneumatic Rentinaplexy. then 3 weeks later it deatched again. i have just turned 61 and have a very active athletic life.I have seen my surgeon 3 times, day after, week after, 2 weeks after. Everything is healing fine. no Scar tissue. I can see above the gas bubble with a lot of glare. i can see through the gas bubble with a constant moving sensation like looking through a moving aquarium. my eye still very read and has intermitntemt pain, nothing serious just a pain around the eye.my other eye is affected by the glare and it is very frustrating.I do not know how long this will last, is there a way to deal with affect it has on my normal eye?I have been told to resume all activities but do not drive at night, do night lie flat on my back and do not fly for 8 weeks after surgery. i do not know if bubble will be gone in 8 weeks or what i can really expect in terms of visiion after 8 weeks, discomfort and just the daily annoyance with the bubble and glare?Any insight would helpfull

  2. I have had a slow increase in floaters and flashes to the point that I often mistake floaters for a bug near my eye or on the floor or my desk. The flashes are getting worse and there’s usually pressure behind my eyes. I’m 31, I’ve worn glasses or contacts since 2nd grade, and my contacts prescript is -8.00. My last eye dr said my eyes were healthy and that it’s no big deal but it’s getting kinda scary when I’m trying to read and see “lightening strikes” or mistake a flash for something next to me. Should I find a second opinion? I plan on doing LASIK in the next few months anyway…

  3. I have being having flashing light in my right eye for a week now I see my family Doctor and he sent me to emergency. They found nothing the in turn send me to a Opthamology which in turn found nothing and the light is still flashing now I have a sight pain above the eye when that happen I feel a little sick to my stomach
    Should I be worried.

  4. Velma- I am also having flashes in my right eye for 10 days now. I have been to the Opthamologist twice now and they said my eye looks great. It could be Neurological! You should get an appointment with a Neurologist. Mine is scheduled but I have not seen them yet.

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