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Originally posted by Wig
Sun spot activity is rather low at the moment.
What do you see? is it a localised flash, or is the whole sky illuminated with no apparent source for the light?
I've never heard of it, and not heard of any over here in UK, have you any links?
The only time I saw a series of bright flashes was in 1981 North Wales UK. at night time we saw massive semicircles of white light arcing into the sky from the horizon. At the time we put it down to a powerline must have fallen over and was sparking. But later i heard of UFO's which regularly did this in Camarthen Bay which was no where near where we saw them but it's possible it was the UFO in another location. However the light was not in the Sky, it was coming from the horizon so possibly ground level.
I have no idea what your flashes could be. Perhaps a 24/7 video camera set up viewing the sky could be an idea.
What are flashes?
Flashes are the experience of brief sensations appearing to be bright lights at the edge of vision. Flashes are usually noticed all the way to one side and are more prominent in the dark or when going from a well-lighted area to a darker area. Usually the flashes have no specific shape, but can sometimes have the appearance of lightning bolts. The experience of flashing lights, especially in conjunction with new floaters, can be an indication of a posterior vitreous detachment, retinal tear, or a retinal detachment. The flashing lights represent the release of an electrical signal from the nerve tissue of the retina when there is pulling on the retina from a vitreous gel that is separating from the retina. If the pulling is especially strong, or at the site of a weakness in the retinal tissue, a retinal tear may occur. Any experience of new flashes should be reported to your ophthalmologist and he or she will usually perform a prompt dilated exam of the retina.
Some flashing light phenomena involve the experience of a very distinct, often multicolored or fiery jagged line of light with or without an adjacent black spot in the vision. Such "fortification scotomas" may start in the center of vision and then spread to the side, or start at the side in the first place. Often, if you carefully close one eye and then the other, you will notice that the flashes are actually going on in both eyes, but are just more prominent in one or the other. This type of flashing light typically lasts from 5 to 30 minutes, and may or may not be followed by a bad headache. These flashing lights are different from the flashing lights caused by tugging on the retina described above, and represent the eye portion of a migraine (with or without a migraine headache). This type of flashing lights is usually not serious, but if it is the first time you are experiencing them, or you have any doubts, you should contact your ophthalmologist.
How are flashes treated?
If you are experiencing new flashes, it is important to undergo a dilated exam of the eye with a careful exam of the far peripheral edge of the retina. It is at this very edge of the retina, which is thinner than the more central part of the retina, where most retinal tears occur. The ophthalmologist will often use a device called a scleral depressor to gently indent the side of the eyeball in order to bring the peripheral edge of the retina into better view. If no retinal tear or retinal detachment is found, then no treatment is usually indicated. However, after the initial exam, it is helpful for you to screen yourself periodically by carefully observing the world around you with one eye at a time. Look for new symptoms such as increased floaters, new or increased flashes or flash intensity, or a shadow. If any of these additional symptoms occur, you need to return to your ophthalmologist for a repeat dilated exam, immediately.
Originally posted by chibidai_rrr
drugs can induce them too by messing with ur neural-transimitters.
ur nuero-transmitters are not normal.
ur not seing something that is there or not there, ur just seein incorrectly. ur transmitters are messed up
Originally posted by AngelWings9999
Your Signature really has me thinking! Would you mind explaining further on that,
if you do have any more information, it would be so appreciated! I have been very preoccupied with searching, thinking constantly about time!