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    Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    Hi! For some time now I've been having split-second flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye. It usually happens in my left eye, but I ocasionally see in the right eye, but not at the same time. It happens at night or when it gets darker, when I'm watching the TV or when I'm in bed. I don't know when it first started because I didn't pay attention to it and I thought it was because of my shortsightedness. But one day I went on Google... And now I'm convinced I have brain tumor or eye tumor. At first I thought about retinal tear but I have not seen an increase in floaters, a shadow over my vision, or distorted vision. I'm extremely scared. I have to wait a few days for an appointment but I'm sure the doctor will find something seriously wrong :(

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    Re: Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    Hi I don’t know if this is th3 sMe thing bu5 this has happen Ed t9 me 4 times%The first time I. Was in the kitchen and I can only describe what Was like a very bright kalaediscope if lights out of my right eye.It lasted about a minute. About 4 weeks later it happened again , but this time in both eyes%My sister in law who is an optometrist was not concerned at all and said the6 were eye migraines. She apparently has them but the light she sees is like a filament in a lightbulb. Apparently they are not uncommon- very bright light but no headache. I don’t know if yours are the sam3 but it sounds like the6 might be

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    Re: Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    Hi
    Iv had this - flashing of lights are due to ur vitreous jelly - perfectly normal.

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    Re: Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    Yeah I get these flashes sometimes, and they've been happening for years. I also get little streaks of flashes, lasting milliseconds. Nothings been picked up at the opticians so I'm assuming there's nothing to worry about!

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    Re: Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    I've seen an eye doctor and she said my eyes look great and I shouldn't worry about those flashes, they are probably due to my myopia... But she didn't event dilate my pupils, she just examined my eyes with some type of machine, bright lights and some sort of magnifying glass... I feel like she could easily miss something and I don't feel reassured. I have another appointment in 2 weeks with another doctor. I'm so scared of going blind :(

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    Re: Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    I had this in my right eye back in may. Itís caused by the jelly in your eye shrinking and pulling on the retina. Mines left a small tear but luckily itís not serious enough to worry about. I saw an optician and eye specialist. It happens to everyone as they get older just some people notice it more than others. The flash soon calms down as your brain learns to ignore it.

    If you get a sudden onset of flashing, lots of floaters or a dark curtain across your vision get it looked at straight away.

    Best of luck

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    Re: Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    I'm only 28 so it can't be that...

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    Re: Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    This is something, as the replies show, that is a normal visual anomaly. Just like other physical anomalies we as humans experience, they're harmless. As you've seen in other posts about this, its not serious and medical professionals affirm it. Your own sister, who is a medical professional, also concurs. The fact it only became a worry after you started focusing on it and Googled also affirms my point and shows this is more a mental issue than a physical one. Your eye doctor also confirmed what I'm saying.

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    Re: Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    Quote Originally Posted by Myka01 View Post
    I'm only 28 so it can't be that...
    Iím only 34......it happens

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    Re: Flashes of light in the outer corner of my eye

    I went to another appointment. The eye doctor dilated my eyes and examined them carefully and said everything looked great, I don't event have any degenerative changes in my retinas or thinned areas that are very common among shortsighted people... I have no idea why I'm seeing those flashes. I still see them every day. Maybe it's just my mind playing tricks on me. Or it's something neurological...

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