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Do flashes always signal a tear or detachment? Is it possible that the flash is temporary?
Flashes generally indicate vitreous traction on the retina. They can signal a posterior vitreous detachment or retinal tear or retinal detachment. Flashes in these circumstances typically resolve when the traction is relieved. However, that does not necessarily mean that medical care is not needed. At the onset of flashes, a thorough retinal exam is indicated.
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