I entered a restaurant several years ago and began to see bright beautiful flashes of colored lights and asked if others were seeing it. They weren’t. My friend suggested I see an optometrist first thing in the morning. The optometrist sent me immediately to an ophthalmologist who sent me immediately to see a retina specialist. I received laser treatment that day and was under observation for several months and recovered fully.
Immediacy in retina tears and detachments is the answer for maintaining eyesight! A friend told me he had a detachment in Vietnam and refused to see a doctor there. He waited until he returned to Australia a week later. That was too late. He lost a lot of vision in that eye because the retina was not put back in place immediately. So, DO NOT WAIT!
Several years later I developed a black spot over one third of my eye in one day. A visit to the emergency room sent me to another retinology clinic and I had surgery the next morning. The clinic was concerned that there were no operating rooms available that day. This surgery requires that you keep your head down for 7 days for the recovery. Thankfully a dear friend who is a masseuse was leaving town for 10 days and loaned me her massage table. I lived on it, ate through the cradle, slept on it with my head face down in the cradle for 7 days. It was a perfect recovery thankfully.
I am checked yearly by the retina clinic. My yearly visit was just this last week and I was told that each year my retina is successfully in recovery, my changes of having another detachment is lessened. Amen to that news.
For your further information from Preventblindness.org:
“If part of the retina detaches… It may produce a blind spot, blurred vision or shadowy lines. Some have described effect as a curtain closing over the eye. Other symptoms may include suddenly seeing many floaters (spots) or flashes of light. While floaters are a natural part of aging and are not always a sign of a detached their sudden onset, number and frequency indicate a need to check retinal detachment. In any case, if you suspect a problem, it is important that you see an eye doctor right away. Your doctor needs to act quickly to try to repair the damage and prevent permanent vision loss.”