What could cause flashing lights in my eyes?
Also referred to as photopsia, you may experience flashing lights and see luminous floaters in the vision of one eye or both eyes. Photopsia may also appear to you as:
- flickering or shimmering lights
- small floating objects and shapes
- moving or static spots
Photopsia is usually a symptom of an underlying condition.
The main concern with photopsia is the need to exclude any retinal traction that may lead to a retinal tear and/or detachment (which, if left untreated, may lead to severe visual impairment).
Other less common causes include end-stage photo-receptor degeneration (age-related macular degeneration), but you should consult your attending physician for a detailed assessment.