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Flashing Lights and Visual Floaters

Eye to eye with John Wallace

Last month I discussed visual distortion caused by migraine. This month I would like to talk about the other common problem that causes great anxiety among my patients … sudden onset of floaters and flashing lights in your peripheral vision. In the back of your eye there is the retina. The retina converts light into electrical signals that go to the brain where they are processed into the images we perceive. There are two optical lenses in each eye, the cornea and a flexible lens inside the eye. Between the flexible lens and the retina is a jelly-like substance called the vitreous humor.

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