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For last month right eye has been been very blurry with white flashes of light


I am long sighted, I had a lazy eye (the right eye) diagnosed two months ago, I am 38. I wear glasses for watching tv, reading using a computer. For the last month or so my right eye has been very blurry, I find it hard to focus. If I have my head in the down position and I look up and blink for example, my eye takes so long to focus. It is all blurry.

The sight in my right eye is getting worse. Again in my right eye, for the last 10 days, I keep getting white flashes of light and it feels like I have a white spot light shining in my eye. I get lots of floaters across my eye, this is not something I have ever suffered with before. About two months ago at the time of the blurriness I started feeling like my right eye was bulging.

Now for the last 10 days when I get the flashes my eye feels like its being squeezed.

Answer Written answer:

Your symptoms could be a sign of a retinal problem like a tear or even a retinal detachment. So you should have the eye examined immediately if possible. See if your optometrist can see you today.


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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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