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Floaters and now worried about flashes

Hi,

I am a 23 year old with pretty high myopia (-6.00 and -6.50). A few months ago, they found a retinal tear in my left eye and it was resealed with laser, and the doctor told me it will be fine after a follow up visit. I was also told to be aware of floaters.

After that, I started noticing floaters more, although I am not sure if they are new or old. So after seeing them, I called up the doctor and arranged for him to examine my retina again, and again, he said everything is fine. However after about 3 weeks, not only am I still seeing the floaters, but I "think" I am seeing flashes. It's only one tiny shiney flash at a time though, not like seeing stars. It only happens very rarely, maybe once or twice a day. maximum. Sometimes none in a single day. Is this how flashers are suppose to look like or am I seeing something other than flashers?

Also, I am currently having eye allergies, do they cause floaters?
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eye allergies do not cause floaters.

tiny, pinpoint flashes once per day is not what the retinal specialist or anyone means when they say 'flashes'.  real, dangerous flashes look like a camera is going off.  and they dont stop...they happen over and over and over again, not 'once per day'.

everyone has a few floaters in each eye.  you've just been trained to look for them now.  what you should worry about is NEW LARGE floaters.  not tiny ones that you cant tell/remember if they are new or not.
  
you sound fine to me.  but of course no one will know for sure until someone looks.
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When my mother was reading this, she thought I wrote it. I am 22 and have -7.25 and -7.5 myopia. When I went to the doctor for my normal check-up, he said I was at risk for retina tears, come in if I see floaters. A week later, I started seeing floaters and what I thought were "flashes" (just a little flash once in a while). The more I read about retina tear symptoms, the more I thought I had the symptoms. I never saw my definition of "flashes" until I read that flashes were a symptom. I arragned another appointment with my doctor and he said nothing was wrong. I was flipping out. Then I started getting tension headaches because I was so worried about these floaters and "flashes". I was making myself sick because I was so worried. I still am worried at times, but I just say that I will start worrying like this if and when something happens. I can't be so focused on what might happen to my eyes. I am still very protective when it comes to my eyes, but I have to make myself not worry about it. Good luck with everything.
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When my mother was reading this, she thought I wrote it. I am 22 and have -7.25 and -7.5 myopia. When I went to the doctor for my normal check-up, he said I was at risk for retina tears, come in if I see floaters. A week later, I started seeing floaters and what I thought were "flashes" (just a little flash once in a while). The more I read about retina tear symptoms, the more I thought I had the symptoms. I never saw my definition of "flashes" until I read that flashes were a symptom. I arragned another appointment with my doctor and he said nothing was wrong. I was flipping out. Then I started getting tension headaches because I was so worried about these floaters and "flashes". I was making myself sick because I was so worried. I still am worried at times, but I just say that I will start worrying like this if and when something happens. I can't be so focused on what might happen to my eyes. I am still very protective when it comes to my eyes, but I have to make myself not worry about it. Good luck with everything.
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When my mother was reading this, she thought I wrote it. I am 22 and have -7.25 and -7.5 myopia. When I went to the doctor for my normal check-up, he said I was at risk for retina tears, come in if I see floaters. A week later, I started seeing floaters and what I thought were "flashes" (just a little flash once in a while). The more I read about retina tear symptoms, the more I thought I had the symptoms. I never saw my definition of "flashes" until I read that flashes were a symptom. I arragned another appointment with my doctor and he said nothing was wrong. I was flipping out. Then I started getting tension headaches because I was so worried about these floaters and "flashes". I was making myself sick because I was so worried. I still am worried at times, but I just say that I will start worrying like this if and when something happens. I can't be so focused on what might happen to my eyes. I am still very protective when it comes to my eyes, but I have to make myself not worry about it. Good luck with everything.
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When my mother was reading this, she thought I wrote it. I am 22 and have -7.25 and -7.5 myopia. When I went to the doctor for my normal check-up, he said I was at risk for retina tears, come in if I see floaters. A week later, I started seeing floaters and what I thought were "flashes" (just a little flash once in a while). The more I read about retina tear symptoms, the more I thought I had the symptoms. I never saw my definition of "flashes" until I read that flashes were a symptom. I arragned another appointment with my doctor and he said nothing was wrong. I was flipping out. Then I started getting tension headaches because I was so worried about these floaters and "flashes". I was making myself sick because I was so worried. I still am worried at times, but I just say that I will start worrying like this if and when something happens. I can't be so focused on what might happen to my eyes. I am still very protective when it comes to my eyes, but I have to make myself not worry about it. Good luck with everything.
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When my mother was reading this, she thought I wrote it. I am 22 and have -7.25 and -7.5 myopia. When I went to the doctor for my normal check-up, he said I was at risk for retina tears, come in if I see floaters. A week later, I started seeing floaters and what I thought were "flashes" (just a little flash once in a while). The more I read about retina tear symptoms, the more I thought I had the symptoms. I never saw my definition of "flashes" until I read that flashes were a symptom. I arragned another appointment with my doctor and he said nothing was wrong. I was flipping out. Then I started getting tension headaches because I was so worried about these floaters and "flashes". I was making myself sick because I was so worried. I still am worried at times, but I just say that I will start worrying like this if and when something happens. I can't be so focused on what might happen to my eyes. I am still very protective when it comes to my eyes, but I have to make myself not worry about it. Good luck with everything.
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