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December 10th, 2009
Re: light flashes in vision
misterbill wrote:
If any of you are in your 60s, it may be a retinal issue. Per my opthamologist, the tissue in the eye tears away from the retina. It is very bright and soes not last long. In my personal experience, it was (and occasionally, still is), noticeable during darkness . Mostly, I notice it when I am driving at night. When I shift my field of vision, there is a flash of light. As the doctor told me, it has decreased over time. I still get an occasional flash and I am of the personality type that feels obliged to test it by moving my field of vision quickly. I do see the flashes when I do it, but as I stated above, they are not as big or as bright as when it first happened.


hello Bill - Are you talking about posterior vitreous detachment?
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replied December 10th, 2009
eye problems
Yes-- it has improved greatly, but it sure scared me. I had a cyst on my macula at one point and thought I was getting macular degeneration. Fortunately, the cyst did not grow and actually reduced in size. Per the ophthalmologist, the histology indicated that if I did get it again it would be no larger. All these eye problems occurred , generally, around the same time.
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replied December 31st, 2009
I just had the U-shaped waving colour flashing prism effect happen to me for the first time ever. Scary! It mostly affected the right side of my right eye, but it did move around the eye for about 5 minutes. Interferred with my vision at certain points. I got up (was reading), walked around, rubbed my eyes, nothing worked.

Just yesterday I was practicing looking at auras... for people who don't know how to see auras you just let your eyes relax and blur, and you see the aura colour with your peripheral vision. I wonder if this somehow brought my weird vision problem.

I'm 41 and female. I have never had a migraine, I have no neck problems. I don't smoke and haven't done drugs. I'm on no medications. I am in incredibly good physical shape with toned pretty muscles, and I workout once a week.
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replied January 22nd, 2010
They are occular migraines. You may have symptoms of nausea, dizziness, weakness, photophobia, phonophobia, amnesia, etc. If they really bother you - you can see a neurologist. There are drugs that will zap them and the auras you describe. I had electric shocks for months in my tongue when I came off antidepressants and quite enjoyed them until they became too intense!
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replied April 4th, 2010
Scintillating scotoma?
I just experienced this U-shaped abnormality today for the first time. I am male, 53 years old, and was riding a motorcycle at 80 mph on I5 at the time. It lasted for 15 minutes. It started in the middle of both eyes (I closed one eye and then the other to test it) and then it gradually increased in thickness and moved up until it disappeared. I''''d had two beer and two glasses of wine the night before. No headache. I don''''t get migranes. No drug use and no physical problems that I know about. No medications except for treatment of asthma. No anti-depressants or history of depression. It was not in the eye itself, it presented in either (both) eyes exactly the same. The line obstructed my vision, and I had to look indirectly at license plates and signs to read them. I felt a bit dizzy afterwards. Scary stuff. The Wikipedia description of Scintillating scotoma sounds closest to what I experienced.
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replied May 20th, 2011
This is so much like what I experienced. I'm 43, female and was running, not on a bike, thankfully... Twice in the last six months I've had a crescent-shaped area in my left periphery grow then fade in both eyes. It lasted about 10 minutes. No head ache, but I've had some neck/shoulder tension, and maybe more caffeine than usual. I had a pretty intense "head rush" a couple hours later, too. Thanks for mentioning the Scintillating Scotoma. The Wikipedia description was spot-on for me. Now I can ask my eye doctor some better questions...
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replied May 21st, 2010
hi same thing happen to me, the U shape prism light flashing thing. Felt more like a spiral form my core vision going out in a reverse C from my right eye, i'm 35 and i think i'm healthy. a little migraine after. will keep an eye on it, pun intended.

J nuno
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replied May 21st, 2010
washed my eye with cold water and that made it go away. I don't know if that helps. I do get dry eyes when i'm in form of my computer.
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replied May 23rd, 2010
i have this colored there more like lines of diffrent shapes and sometimes black little dots. I started having this during my 1st pregnancy 8 years ago, 30 days after i gave birth i lost my vision for a few times for 2 days it was scary! but before loosing my vision i would see these colored big lights then i would loose my vision these happen for 2 days went to the hospital and they did all these test mri,cat scan and went to the eye specialist but they didnt find nothing wrong with me i tell people of my syntoms but they think am crazy i have them 24/7 but they are more noticible in the sun or in bright light but if am in a low light room i dont see them much i use glasses since about 12 years old am 29 now i just got use to them now but when i think about it like right now it does seem a little scary am glad i am not the only one to see these things i live in houston tx if someone live here please reply i would really would like to talk to some one thanks have a bless day.
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replied June 10th, 2010
Ive been having these kind of problems also, an arc shaped spiral of light familiar to a kaleidoscope appear in either my right of left hand vision in my peripheral vision but if it appears in my right eye and I close my right eye it still appears in my left eyes peripheral vision... and visa versa

It lasts from 15mins to several hours and sometimes also has a light to heavy headache or migraine attached. I have glasses but Ive been to the optometrist and my prescription is fine and my eyes appear healthy. I told the optometrist what I have been seeing and she said my eyes are healthy and she was not sure why I would be seeing such things. The doctor also said the same; basically they have no idea and were dismissive.

The only thing I can think of that may be causing this is I was in hospital for almost a week for rumatic fever, and I was on some antibiotics and lots of aspirin. I also had a course of these same antibiotics to take after getting out, which I did, but a few days after the course was finished these arcs of light started. Withdrawals perhaps??

and im 22.
Write me if you have any info on what to do
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replied October 20th, 2011
Prism lights in my peripheral vision.
Tonight for the first time I saw these lights in my peripheral vision too. It looked like a prism of light flashing all around my right eye and then in my left eye a little but when I closed one eye like you said it seemed to be on opposite sides from the other. I also have this ringing in my ears sometimes and a lot of head aches that I pawn off as allergy head aches. I have never had this happen before and when it was happening I felt funny, maybe a little dizzy. If any one has any updates on the condition and could pass it on to me I would appreciate it. Thanks
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replied July 5th, 2010
SWIRLY LIGHTS D:
I am having swirly coloured stuff flashing in my eyes right now, and so i did some research on the internet and came across this. hope this would of some help Smile you could also look at the rememdies to deal with this
It seriously gets very scary whenever i see those colours in my eyes, cos that just means i will get a headache soon. >.<
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replied July 5th, 2010
Im 17 i have the same problem, as most people on this have replied its like a half ring around my right eye and when i focus on it it moves
but if i turn my head and put an object i cannot see it.
when it first started, it was just flashing colors for 5-10 minutes now sometimes it lasts 45 minutes or longer and follows with a really strong head ache.
the post before this might make a little sense... i recently quit drinkin and was diagnosed with stills disease. i was prescribed naproxen, i strong strong ibuprofen and now im off it. I have the problem right now and its like a big black dot at the top of my vision and one at the bottom connected with a line of flashing colors, and i got the headache before for once.
i too have seen doctors and stuff, i think its just migranes. And if its something more, im sure some of us will find a way to fix it. All we can do until we figure out for sure is try to find ways we can make ourselves feel better when its happening and have to just live with it. Tylenol helps. Anyone can add me on facebook if they hear anything or want to ask me questions?
Im Reece Mackenzie Ellison on facebook.
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replied July 7th, 2010
I have been seeing prism like lights, usually in archs,although two days ago they were straight lines like a "v". I,m 67 and have had cateract surgery in both eyes about 10 years ago and have great vision now. I have gone to the eye doctor and he says my eyes are fine. He did all the tests. This has been going on for about 8-10 months. I have also had double vision twice. Last week a dark shadow came down from the top of the left eye and stayed for 5 or so minutes.
Also a few months ago I had a sudden extreme feeling of tiredness from the top of my shoulder down to my fingertips that lasted 2-3 minutes and have since had four more maybe 3 or 4 weeks apart.
My heart doctor said it sounded more like I needed to see a neuroigists. I called my family doctor yesterday and he told me to go to the emergency room right then, even though I wasn't having any of that happening then. Well, I spent 6 hrs in the emergency romm, they ran lab, achest e-ray plus a catscan and nothing showed up except I was a little low in potassium. The neuroligists that read the scan of my head said maybe it was migraines but I haven't been having headachs at all.
Although I'm relieved that they didn't find anything, it's troubleing too. This stuff can't be good. Anyone have the arm sensations along with the lights?
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replied July 13th, 2010
Reece, what you say is interesting about how you were prescribed naproxen, which as you say is just a stronger ibuprofen and once you stopped taking them these "auras" started. Well I have been using ibuprofen to stop my “auras” from happening, because I can often feel when I’m going to get one, or to stop them when I get one, and I find ibuprofen helps a lot more than panadol or anything similar.

When I was in hospital I was using aspirin to ease my joint pains from the rheumatic fever I had, but once out of hospital I used ibuprofen as directed by the doctors. But once the joint pains stopped, I stopped taking ibuprofen, and that’s when these “auras” started and I’ve been having them almost daily since, and the only thing that seems to help is ibuprofen.

Simply it sounds like I’ve developed a healthy addiction to ibuprofen, I’m not even sure if that can happen, but it makes sense. I’m going to do some research on it and see what symptoms it can have.

I haven’t had any arm sensations though, to me that is normally a stroke alarm bell.

Scott Martin on facebook
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replied July 13th, 2010
Turns out you can get an addiction to ibuprofen, which can have many different symptoms including some vision disturbance, but it’s a rare symptom compared to the many other symptoms that can happen.

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replied November 1st, 2010
I've had both the migraine symptoms and the flashes of light
I have had this very thing. The red/blue kaleidoscope worm shape that I see out of the side of my vision. I've had it twice now and I can't attach anything with it. I didn't get a headache or anything. I was concerned the first time and told my friend about it who said he knew exactly what it was...A migraine. Well, since I don't have a headache how could it be? Apparently, you can get the visual symptoms without the headache.

The first time it scared me but now that I know what it is, when I saw it the second time, I thought I know what you are and I think I'll ignore you. I was mixing cookie dough at the time and I thought "oh, how annoying, I'll just ignore you" believe it or not, it went away and I didn't notice when because I wasn't paying attention. I just didn't see it anymore. It was gone before I put the cookies in the oven. Oh, I did also get a paper towel with cold water and wipe each eye with it. Maybe this also helped....
BTW-
I also get the colored flashed of light, the colbalt and blue at first and also other colors. I've been to the doctor about this and they scratch their heads. I see them in random places but sometimes when I'm talking with someone they flash around them or on a part of their body. I have thought that perhaps it is a gift and maybe I should study colors so I have. I apply that knowledge with the meaning of each color and it makes sense to me why each color and when and where...There is a lady who wrote a book called "Color Healing" , she was blind when she wrote it but she also studied colors and flower essence and developed a system for healing with it which is now called "aurasoma"
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replied November 1st, 2010
I have had this very thing. The red/blue kaleidoscope worm shape that I see out of the side of my vision. I've had it twice now and I can't attach anything with it. I didn't get a headache or anything. I was concerned the first time and told my friend about it who said he knew exactly what it was...A migraine. Well, since I don't have a headache how could it be? Apparently, you can get the visual symptoms without the headache.

The first time it scared me but now that I know what it is, when I saw it the second time, I thought I know what you are and I think I'll ignore you. I was mixing cookie dough at the time and I thought "oh, how annoying, I'll just ignore you" believe it or not, it went away and I didn't notice when because I wasn't paying attention. I just didn't see it anymore. It was gone before I put the cookies in the oven. Oh, I did also get a paper towel with cold water and wipe each eye with it. Maybe this also helped....
BTW-
I also get the colored flashed of light, the colbalt and blue at first and also other colors. I've been to the doctor about this and they scratch their heads. I see them in random places but sometimes when I'm talking with someone they flash around them or on a part of their body. I have thought that perhaps it is a gift and maybe I should study colors so I have. I apply that knowledge with the meaning of each color and it makes sense to me why each color and when and where...There is a lady who wrote a book called "Color Healing" , she was blind when she wrote it but she also studied colors and flower essence and developed a system for healing with it which is now called "aurasoma"
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replied February 1st, 2011
I just started having these episodes with my eyes. Scared me, like most of you. I am 52 yr old female, on no medications, good health. Was having a hard time describing my symptoms so went online and found this forum. Can't believe so many of you have been to doctors with no results. In response to one of your posts I went to couple websites I found under the name, that may be helpful to some of you if you haven't found them already. http://www.migraine-aura.org/content/e2789 1/index_en.html
http://www.ask.com/wiki/Scintillating_scot oma
I did notice after the third time, I drank and or ate something and it seemed to help. Did not really know if that had anything to do with it, but seeing a couple posts on drinking something, made me think it did. Will be checking to see if anyone has any additional info to post at a later date. Thanks
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replied February 22nd, 2011
Rainbow prismatic arch with iridescent kaleidescope fractal paterns in corner of vision? Goes away after 15 to 20 minutes? Me too. I'm glad I found this site.
I have had this trippy vision thing happen 3 times in the last year. I am a 38 year old guy with no other health issues and 20/20 vision. The first time it happened I thought someone dosed my orange juice at the cafe. I actually told my wife that she might need to take me home, as I would be giggling and useless within the hour. Fifteen minutes later I was fine and a bit disappointed. It is distracting and annoying when it happens, but it is also quite beautiful. I pray it doesn't ever happen when I'm driving, but wish I could turn it on while waiting in line at the bank or sitting at the DMV.
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replied June 14th, 2011
Me too!
Wow! I have to say I am somewhat relieved having found this thread and seeing others describe what sounds very similar to what I experienced today.........and have had on two other occasions.........one about 3 months ago and another about 6 months ago...........The first two times I saw a circular white "shimmery" prisim in the peripery of my left eye.......(I described it almost as trying to look through a drop of water sitting on the lens of my eye). It appeared while I was reading..........and I was unable to make out most words as letters appeared to be "missing".........Today was smiliar.......occured primairly in the periphery of my left eye........but the shape was more "snakelike"....and the shape consisted of intermingling folded prisims........I could see to drive......although a little "disorienting"..........but, as I drove along and looked at signs, ect......it did appear as if letters were "missing" again............I did not have a headache or any other symptoms with any of the occurences.........and each lasted approximately 15 minutes.........
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replied December 7th, 2011
This is the closest description to what happens to me too. While I've had it rarely since age 10, I lately have had the shimmering Scintillating Scotoma while praying. That is, after an hour or so of staring at a book, with having skipped breakfast. I would add to your description that at the onset, parts of my vision melt in a curving direction, becoming pockets of blindness and then shimmering color over the field of view.
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replied July 17th, 2011
vision prism,
try checking your blood pressure at the time that it happens. I found that that is what my problem was, when I would get stressed my blood pressure would go up and I would get the prism's. and if it was to low like when getting out of bed in the morning I would be dizzy and have white spots.
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replied July 17th, 2011
vision prism,
try checking your blood pressure at the time that it happens. I found that that is what my problem was, when I would get stressed my blood pressure would go up and I would get the prism's. and if it was to low like when getting out of bed in the morning I would be dizzy and have white spots.
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