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Hi, I have a question ( or a complaint ): I always feel very light headed and cannot seem to focus, especially outside ( I feel better in dark or dim areas) and I sometimes see tiny bright flashes out of the corners of my eyes. I have a lot of sinus pain as well but no sinus infection. I'm not sure if the light headed feeling and tiny bright flashes are related to my sinus pain or if it's something different. I'm not really having headaches except for an occasional streak of pain starting from my nose or eyebrow shooting the middle or back of my head, then it's gone. I guess my biggest complaint though is that I feel so distant and out-of-focus when I go into bright lights. Does anyone know what this could be? Confused
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replied March 20th, 2008
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Your aversion to light sounds like photophobia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photophobia
and the little flashing lights could be some sort of corneal abrasion (do you wear contacts?) which in itself can cause photophobia.

This is definitely one for an ophthalmologist - the sooner the better Smile
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replied March 21st, 2008
Seeing tiny flashes.....response
I do wear contacts and I have had three corneal abrasions because of them but this feeling is different. The corneal abrasions were very painful and even looking at the display light on my cellphone was excruciating! But this problem (seeing the flashes) does not involve pain and it actually only happens when I'm focusing on something like reading or watching tv. Even when I'm wearing my glasses it happens, the light headed feeling and the flashes. I have been to my ophthalmologist and he didn't find anything unusual so that is why I'm a bit concerned.
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replied March 22nd, 2008
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Then I would suggest going back to your GP with the symptoms and asking for further investigation.

One possibility is that it is coming from pressure on a disc in your neck - do you have neck problems? In that case, you would need an x-ray or MRI scan. It could be that you are adopting a certain position when watching tv or reading that is putting pressure on a disc.

Three corneal abrasions are quite a lot, by the way, and it is possible you have some scarring which would interfere with vision, in which case you would just have to live with it!

Best of luck, and if you find out what it is, can you post back here?
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replied March 22nd, 2008
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No, I don't feel like I have neck problems and I've never been injured. The only problem I have anywhere near my neck ( if you consider it to be 'near') is TMJ. I'm not sure that would cause vision problems. Anyway, yeah, I'll post back when I find out what it is.

Thanks Smile
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replied March 22nd, 2008
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Well my first thought isn't what has been suggested, so I'll give my little two sense. Sometimes hyperventilation, poor circulation, or whatever alters normal oxygen or blood flow in your head is going to cause you to see stars and flashes of light. I assume you have problems with breathing since this is in the allergies and asthma section. Otherwise you are going to want to put this post of your over in the vision and eye disorders section.

The increase of pressure and pain in your sinuses can also be causing your problems. Your sinuses go all around your eyes and swelling can put a pressure on your eyes will cause the illusion on brightness because of the strain on your optic nerves. I would suggest seeing someone to help clear the problem with your sinuses.

Also, you should have your contact prescription checked.
TMJ isn't going to cause problems with your vision as far as I know, but it can give you headaches and swelling...but unless you have a really severe case, isn't going to effect your sinuses or anything else that far away from your ears.
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replied May 28th, 2009
worried on exercise
i was doing something and the soon i saw tiny bright flash that looked like a star, and i turned and it turned into millions. My reaction was to go and get on the floor because i thought it was an aura since i was diagnosed on epilepsy and i took my medicine a little late, i want to know if it was a migraine or a symptom of almost a seizure(luckily i didn't have one) or because i have been exercising too much since i work out after school and kinda have problems with gathering oxygen into my body??
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replied October 23rd, 2009
luv2learn, have you had any luck discovering you might be struggling with? I'm asking because I have almost identical symptoms, and I've had no success determining what might be causing them. I hope you're feeling better!
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replied February 10th, 2010
retinal detachment
jesus christ! this is clearly a retinal detachment, if this is still happening, SEE A DOCTOR!

How did everyone miss this?! Retinal detachment!!!!
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replied August 14th, 2010
I have seen small lights for the past year, i have no medical problems, and got my eyes tested 6 months ago and they are fine,i dont have any pain but sometimes it gives me a fright as i never know when it is going to happen.
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replied May 26th, 2011
eye flashes/lightheadness/sinusitis
Dear Luv2learn,
Did you manage to sort out your thing? You are describing exactly my situation...

Thanks...
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replied January 21st, 2013
TMJ can cause all of your symptoms.
I have most of your symptoms and think it's sinusitis. I was diagnosed with sinusitis from a CT scan and a MRI. I have no regular symptoms of sinusitis, however. Not a single one.
However, I always feel better on antibiotics.
Still trying to figure it all out.
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replied May 31st, 2013
Seeing Tiny Bright Flashes
First of all, it is NOT a retinal detachment. Detachment symptoms are different than a laceration or hole. I would know because I did have that and had to have an operation for 7 tears in my right eye and three holes in my left eye. The flashes should definitely be checked out by an specialist such as a retinal specialist or ophthalmologist. Flashes can be from several different things which is why you should get it check out as soon as possible. A detachment is really a detachment (where the retina is separated from the wall) and flashes are completely different. Never wait on it. Always take the best precaution and get it checked out, you'll feel a lot better about it when you know what it is you're dealing with and have a peace of mind when it is getting fixed.
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