Saturday night I was sitting here knitting and noticed on the right side of my head I seem to be getting these long streaks of bright light every few seconds/minutes. They were very quick but quite noticeable. I also later on developed one floater which is still here today. I put my knitting down and sat and watched tv and eventually the flashes seem to ease off but still had them the next morning only not as nearly as often. Yesterday afternoon and last night they were pretty much gone except for the occasional one and today I think I may have seen a few but I'm really not sure. I know on Saturday night I kept thinking I had a hair hanging on the side of my face that my eye was picking up but when I went to brush it away there was nothing there. That feeling is gone today. I don't knit often due to arthritis in my neck and spine but I've been working quite diligently at it to get it done for my new grandson who arrives by C-section tomorrow. Other than a really stiff feeling in my shoulders and up the side of my head today and the one floater that streak of almost an electrical light seems to be gone. I just wondered if knitting so much could cause this to happen. I do have chronic dry eyes and also have a very mild dystrophy in both eyes. I just saw my eye doctor in August and everything was good. I think now I'm kind have a bit of allergies in my eyes as it's fall. Also wondering if I need to go see my eye doctor again about the flashes.
Answer The flashes in allprobability, is caused by a posterior vitreous detachment. Or PVD, This us caused by the
Pulling away of the vitreous gel from the attachment sites, in some cases , this separation can lead to a tear in the retina or a detachment . This is why a visit to the eye doctor is important Good luck Dr Berger
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36 years of clinical experience in opticianry and therapeutic optometry. Still in private practice with special interests in vision conditions, diagnosing and treating ocular ailments, prescibing treatment plans which include medicine, eyeglasses, and contact lenses primarily. Although surgery is not within the realm of my area of expertise, I co-manage many pre and post -op surgical cases which include Lasik and PRK procedures.
Organizations New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians
American Optometric Association
Education/Credentials B.A.,1968, Hunter College of the City University of New York
B.S.,1970, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
O.D.,1973, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Administration Certification, New Jersey 1992
Awards and Honors Clinical Efficiency Award, 1973, Pennsylvaania College of Optometry