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Im Seeing White Light Flashes That Go Everywhere (im Only 16 (Page 1)

These flashes are all the time, in both eyes...They continue to get worse....They are sort of see through but theyll move around and then dissappear.....There like little lights.....I know what your thinking....Theyre just floaters....I no what floaters are and I have those too but these are way different....These lights appear for about 1/2 to 1 second....They are extremely small....Like a particle of dust floating around but theres about a 100 of them at a time, nonstop 24/7.....Ive been to my I doctor 2 times in which he checked for glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detatchment, and looked at my optic nerve...Everything is fine he said (ive been to two dif doctors).....And have an appointment coming....I am 16 years old and cant stand it....My mom thinks its from adolescense/ puberty but I assume the worse.....I see them everywhere especially in the sky, or in front of white objects ie computer screen, paper, a white car.....Its extremely hard for me to focus with these things flying around.....At 16, I hate worrying about, god forbid, going blind....I recently read about usher disease and it freaked me out because it says you start to notice loss of vision(which I dont have) but also loss of sound in your ear (just had surgury from mass fluid buildup about 5 months ago)......The disease is mostly hereditary but no one in my family has had any eye diseases....Im a little worried.....Has anyone ever experienced these? Its been going on for about 6-8 months now and its getting worse.....If you no anything about conditions similar to this or have this yourself or know someone who has this please notify me and reply!!!
I see fine at night


thank you,
travis
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replied May 4th, 2005
Travis
I have had the same symptoms.... It is very scary it has been getting worse and i'm also looking for an answer if you want to call me to discuss email me and I will give you my number. I am 28 and i'm freeking out too! Same exact problems!!
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replied August 27th, 2011
OMG! THANK GOD I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE!
Thank God iam not the only one! i have been having this since a few years! Whenever i look at the sky, no matter what weather or climate it is, i see a lot of bright sparkly lights, like a few hundred, or maybe thousands. Some of them just move around and some of them stay in the same place. Same with white wallpaper, and white bathtub. When i stare at the white bathtub because of the sparkly lights, my vision starts getting blurry. and When i lose concentration, it gets to normal but the sparkly lights are still there.
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replied September 13th, 2012
eyes
i have the exact same problem have u gotten any help or jus ginored it
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replied November 29th, 2012
White flashes behind eyes
I have this. Just watching a BBC programme about Apollo astronauts, who got white flashes behind the eyes - caused by cosmic rays.
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replied November 29th, 2012
I have this. Just watching a BBC programme about Apollo astronauts, who got white flashes behind the eyes - caused by cosmic rays.
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replied September 13th, 2012
i have the exact same thing please reply did ur symptoms go away or do u jus ignore them!
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replied October 15th, 2012
bright lights
ocular migraine
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replied February 2nd, 2012
seeing little lights in the sunlight
Travis,

Don't know if you are still puzzled about these spots. I have been seeing them for years and my daughter has also. It seems as though you have been throughly evaluated by the medical community and aren't getting any answers. Please open your mind a little. Look up "I think I'm starting to see little sparkles of light." Read through this site and see what you think. I think you might be suprised at what you find out. FYI, I am a nurse who manages very sick patients so, I wouldn't be telling you to look some place else besides the medical community for answers if I didn't think you may find your answers elsewhere. Be open to what you read!
a fellow light seeker
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replied April 9th, 2012
White Light in Eye - Can't find Indigo.com website
Hi, I just looked up Indigo.com and can't find it. Instead, I found something about Indigo Instruments - I'm guessing this had nothing to do with what you are talking about here. Can you please redirect me? I have had a white light in my left eye for 4 months now. It actually saved my life b/c after an MRI, they found a brain aneurysm. As it turns out, the white light had absolutely nothing to do with my aneurysm. All the doctors I've consulted can't figure it out. I did consult a psychic though and she said that it was the Arch Angel Raphael, the Angel of healing warming me about my aneurysm and is also what's holding me together as I go through the anxiety associated with this. I've had my procedure for the aneurysm now but the light is still there. My psychic said that I need to be patient b/c the angels are still working on me. I'm really trying to keep the faith and believe all of this, but it's hard! So, I was wondering if you had a similar finding through this website Indigo.com. Please advice. I really appreciate it!
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replied April 21st, 2012
Perfectly normal
this phenomenon is called blue field entoptic phenomenon . . perfectly normal . . . even i experience random cells moving around here and there for abt 30 secs to a minute . . .
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replied May 9th, 2012
It is a spiritual experience. When we see tiny pinpoints of colored lights, it is because we are seeing the 'Soul' of angels and guides. Sometimes there are one or two. And, sometimes there are hundreds of blue lights.

Everyone has angels around them. But, only the old Souls of which you are one, can 'see' them. Count this as a blessings.
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replied May 4th, 2005
Extremely eHealthy
Hi there! It sounds to me like you might be talking about what is called 'floaters' there is a lot of information about this on the internet.
Sincerely,
sandy
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replied May 5th, 2005
Thanks for the reply, I am positive they are not floaters I believe I have mild retinal detachement - its gotten worse and i'm going to a doctor again tomorrow.
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replied May 5th, 2005
Flashing Lights
I was doing some medical research and happened across your remarks. Do these flashes preceed a headache? Reason I am asking is that I have what is called opthalmic migraines. Basically they are migraines that are preceded by opthalmic aura. Sometimes is flashing lights, sometimes is distorted vision. I even went blind in one eye for 20 minutes. It will not hurt your eyes but can be pretty frightening if you have never experienced before. Sometimes you get the migraine afterward and sometimes not. What does you ophthalmologist say?
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replied May 13th, 2011
i no what travis13 is talking about, i have the SAME EXACT feeling and/or sightings he has and i don't get a headache, i'm sure he doesn't either. it's just little stars and worms......BUT IT DRIVES ME INSANE!!!!!
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replied April 17th, 2012
Its like the noise on a television when you don't tune it properly ! and the little flashing lights are some of those dots out of the thousand that make up the noise, the flash black and white and more towards your eye!

I have a condition called aniridia, which is the lack of iris in the eye, i don't know if that has anything to do with it, but i, really trying to find out what this 'noise' layer to my vision is! its as if you can see all the particles that make up the world.
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replied April 27th, 2012
I have the same thing !! I don't know what to do, do you know anything that helps/fixes it?
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replied June 20th, 2012
Visual migraine
I have suffered the vision impairment and more recently flashing white leights as though I'm at Hollywood. I have been informed that it is the visual version of a migraine and has never amounted to a headache. The doctor explained that migraines are caused by the constriction of something, but it may start with the vision first. In my case, it's not continuing as usual and therefore remaining visual with not headache.
So, I call it the visual migraine and count myself lucky it isn't the headache.
ps: I've suffered with it for 12 years now, and I can still still.
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replied May 5th, 2005
Flashing Lights
Here is an exert from Webmd.Com
go there and do a search on migraines for more info.
Also, I am a nurse too and webmd is very good site for getting things in layman's terminology. Read below and see what you think.


"a migraine aura may occur within 30 minutes before a migraine begins. Auras typically involve visual disturbances such as blind spots, wavy lines, or flashing lights, or tingling in your hands. Less commonly, aura causes numbness in your arms, shoulders, or face, problems putting the right words in order, or weakness on one side of your body."
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replied May 5th, 2005
Sorry I havent been on in a long time....Ive went to 4 doctors.....Neurologist, optomologist, a neuroptomologist(only two in my state), and a retinal specialist....Everything was fine with my retina, the optoneurologist says a shadow could be being cast on my retina or im seeing molecular cell fluids crossing the paths of my eyes...He said my brain is just noticing it more since ive seen them now and the best way to get rid of them is to ignore them and do things to take my mind off it.....He also said that it couldnt be an optic migrane because I see the flahing dot all the time and in migrane youll only ee them for around 30 minute to an hour and then it will go away.....I know for sure its not floaters because I have those too and I know what they look like.....My physician says they could be caused by streess and anxiety also, which is why im switching schools to lower my stresss......That about all they can do.....If u guy find anything else out or how to make these things go down a bit please tell me
thanks,
travis

o yea and pfornal, I do get headeaches a lot but its usually from my allergies, and once your migrane goes away do u still see the flashing dots or lights moving around? Cuz mine are 24/7
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replied May 13th, 2011
travis, when i get these i just close my eyes, look away, and focus on something else. your doctor is right (i wish i had that didn't think i was just a crazy liar), just ignore it. no matter HOW BAD it gets, just ignore it, it goes away.....usually.
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replied June 26th, 2011
white spots
I get these bouts a couple times a year or so. I don't have migraines or have seen a Dr. for this. I stumbled on my own cure and it really works. I just had a bout a few minutes ago and went to the internet to read more info about this. Then I remembered what I did last time to make this go away. I have this powder called "Natural Calm. It is called the "anti stress drink" by Peter Gillham. It is a Magnesium supplement when mixed with water, creates an absorbable Magnesium supplement. This works immediately on muscle cramps also! I don't know why it works but it does! I get my Calm from my chiropractor, but I'm sure you could get it at a health food store also, or look online. Hope this helps. I know it does for me!
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replied February 9th, 2012
Great to find other people to discuss this problem!!
I'm so happy to have stumbled upon this forum! I Have had sparkles of light darting around my eyes for years-the description of light dust particles floating around is exactly what I see. I have been to several doctors, an opthamologist, neurologist and cardiologist but they have found nothing. The neurologist said they could be visual migraines but how can they be if I have them all the time?? I have also heard the white blood cell theory but my own opthamologist said that was untrue but I don't know who to believe.

At the start of last year I got so obsessed with trying to find out how to fix the problem that I think it brought on the onset of anxiety attacks. I just got so fed up with them because I love the outdoors but it's hard to enjoy the view when all you see are sparkles flying around your vision!!

The most common theme I seem to hear as to what the cause might be are anxiety and stress. Someone has even suggested a hypnotist to me to see if I can completely ignore them. Anyone tried this??
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replied May 5th, 2005
Migraines
No, only just prior to a migraine. Hope you find out what it is. If I hear of anything, I will let you know. I do some research from time to time so maybe something will come up. Good luck.

Also, you did say you have been to a neurologist, right?
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replied February 22nd, 2012
I've been to a neurologist but he said everything is fine. He did say that they might be visual migraines and that I could take beta-blockers but I didn't particularly want to take them. Any new info would be great!
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replied May 5th, 2005
Migraines
Nevermind, I see you have been to a neuro-ophthalmologist. The only other thing I could recommend is a teaching institution like duke university or johns hopkins or someplace like that. Maybe they have more info. Again, I will let you know if I run across anything.
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replied May 6th, 2005
Yea ive been to a neurologist and he says everythings fine cuzi had a brain scan too and I had no tumors or anything
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replied August 27th, 2011
Thank God iam not the only one! i have been having this since a few years! Whenever i look at the sky, no matter what weather or climate it is, i see a lot of bright sparkly lights, like a few hundred, or maybe thousands. Some of them just move around and some of them stay in the same place. Same with white wallpaper, and white bathtub. When i stare at the white bathtub because of the sparkly lights, my vision starts getting blurry. and When i lose concentration, it gets to normal but the sparkly lights are still there.
An you know i even went to get an MRI, but it was because of allergies. I did had some infections in my sinus areas and stuff. All of them add up to 6 problems. But i think i had this flashing lights way longer. And i dont think its related to allergies.
I also had additional problems. At nightime, or in dark places, i see blue swirling waves of energies. It used to be a lot when i was 15, but now it has decreased a lot (im 21 now). It used to be so strong at night when the lights were off that it would fill my whole eye range. I also often see blue flickrs of light during the day time. I asked around people online. Some say its demons, some say its angels.
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replied May 6th, 2005
I have not had any improvement with this, it happens quite often. I have one correlation that might have something to do with this, it started when I started going to a climbing gym. Does anyone think that possibly the huge amount of chalk in the air could be effecting my eye? Its reaching far but i'm out of ideas?
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replied May 13th, 2011
no, it can't b. i see them ALL the time, i highly doubt that i have chalk in my for my whole life, and i don't think u do either. may-b talk 2 more doctors, not ALL of them call u crazy, some actually help.
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replied May 6th, 2005
Hi, I just have some thoughts that might be of interest to you.
Do the dots move? Could they be described as looking like a swarm of small insects (the movement pattern)?
If so, i'm thinking that you may be seeing the white blood cells in your retinal circulation. This has an appearance similar to what you have described. It happens when white blood cells pass through your capillaries - the light can be seen through the wbcs, hence they appear as bright spots in contrast to the darkness when red blood cells are passing through. If this is the case it's totally normal to see these, especially on the backgrounds you've described.
Try this experiment....
Look at a blue sky/white paper (whatever is convenient) and look at the rate of movement.
Now do a few minutes of physical activity (enough to raise your heart rate and increase the rate of blood flow)
look at the same background.
If the spots are moving faster they are likely white blood cells.

Just a thought - another theory (hope it helps)
take care.
T.
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replied March 28th, 2011
Thank you for posting about white blood cells in vision!!!!
Thank you for posting this! I have too have been seeing these "sparkles" for the past year and half, and I just went and saw my eye doctor and he recommended a neuro opthalmologist.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
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replied June 9th, 2011
I have seen these things for years.... My eye doctor told me that white blood cells are way too small for a person to see such things... I personally think he was WAY close minded to not even consider the possibility, especially since he couldn't tell me what was "really" the issue. In contrast, my son sees sparkly things, but he sees them only at night, and he even sees them when he closes his eyes to go to bed. It hurts me because he says he doesn't want to go to bed because he can see them. If anyone has heard of his symptoms please e-mail me. Please title your e-mail "your child's eye symptoms" so I know it isn't spam.... thank you very much.
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replied August 18th, 2011
your child's eye syptoms
Had a conversation with my sister who is into spirituality etc. and she mentioned that kids can see sparkly lights and that these are angels.You could maybe tell your son that they are angels, if it wouldn't scare him more.
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replied August 27th, 2011
Your Childs Eye Symptom
i have been having this since a few years! Whenever i look at the sky, no matter what weather or climate it is, i see a lot of bright sparkly lights, like a few hundred, or maybe thousands. Some of them just move around and some of them stay in the same place. Same with white wallpaper, and white bathtub. When i stare at the white bathtub because of the sparkly lights, my vision starts getting blurry. and When i lose concentration, it gets to normal but the sparkly lights are still there.
An you know i even went to get an MRI, but it was because of allergies. I did had some infections in my sinus areas and stuff. All of them add up to 6 problems. But i think i had this flashing lights way longer. And i dont think its related to allergies.
I also had additional problems. At nightime, or in dark places, i see blue swirling waves of energies. It used to be a lot when i was 15, but now it has decreased a lot (im 21 now). It used to be so strong at night when the lights were off that it would fill my whole eye range. I also often see blue flickrs of light during the day time. I asked around people online. Some say its demons, some say its angels.
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replied August 27th, 2011
Your Childs Eye Symptom
i have been having this since a few years! Whenever i look at the sky, no matter what weather or climate it is, i see a lot of bright sparkly lights, like a few hundred, or maybe thousands. Some of them just move around and some of them stay in the same place. Same with white wallpaper, and white bathtub. When i stare at the white bathtub because of the sparkly lights, my vision starts getting blurry. and When i lose concentration, it gets to normal but the sparkly lights are still there.
An you know i even went to get an MRI, but it was because of allergies. I did had some infections in my sinus areas and stuff. All of them add up to 6 problems. But i think i had this flashing lights way longer. And i dont think its related to allergies.
I also had additional problems. At nightime, or in dark places, i see blue swirling waves of energies. It used to be a lot when i was 15, but now it has decreased a lot (im 21 now). It used to be so strong at night when the lights were off that it would fill my whole eye range. I also often see blue flickrs of light during the day time. I asked around people online. Some say its demons, some say its angels.
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replied September 25th, 2011
your sons eye symptoms.
Skywise, I have the same problem too. Mine started because of my anxiety and it was there for 2 months and I went my eye doctor. She said it was perfectly normal to see your white blood cells. I told her I see them at night and she said it is normal, she also said its normal to see them when you close your eyes too. I aslo went to a neurologist and had a mri done and everything turned out perfect. And yes your doctor is way closeminded if he didn't even know that. I still get bothered by them sometimes like right now. I am 19 too, and how old is your son? Just wondering cause he won't need a neurologist visit unless he has double vision or blurry vision or complete blindness. My anxiety was a killer when waiting for all my results to be done. It's really hard to ignore but it is normal.
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replied May 13th, 2011
thank you,tanya11, i did this and it helped ALOT! now i don't worry so much any more........so much.
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replied August 27th, 2011
That is a really helpful theory tanya. Thanks girl.
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replied June 24th, 2012
this is it, thank you, but what can be done to help it maybe stop?
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replied May 8th, 2005
Yes they do...Thank you..But I dont know how to stop seeing them....Since ive been focusing on other stuff theyve gone more and more away....Is there anything to get rid of them? And they do move and they are like a swarm of insects thanks
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replied June 29th, 2005
Bright Spots..yup It Bites...but It Is Okay
Hello travis. I have been back and forth trying to figure out the swilring bright specks for quite some time.

Yes they are the blood cells you see. I have science articles explaining the specifics.

I noticed them first when looking at the sky one day. I was trying to see them because when I was having another vision issue online I saw a post of someone explaining how to see them.I then started trying to see if I saw them in other parts of the sky- hazy skies like a fog are the worst. Then I see them on white walls and white pc screens and even the pavement.. Or white or grey cars in front of me. They suck. I do notice when my mind is busy I do not see them until I think about it. They say our eyes normally are trained to not focus on them because there is always something more important we are focusing on. But when we pay attention to it when we see it and then see if we see it again and our eyes learn they are supposed to focus on them like everything else. No they are not floaters or flashes. I am glad you had doc appointments as those are always necessary for a rested mind when you are worried. I just want you to know if you need to talk about it email me. We need to try our hardest to ignore them and hopefully our eyes will learn that it is not something important to focus on anymore. I understand how frustrating it can be. I know when I sneeze or cough hard in a white room they dart all over like bright lit flies. Just try to train your eyes that they are not something you want them to focus on by not focusing on them. I wish I never read the post online months ago on how to see them because it now has caused me so much grief and irritation.
Di
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replied July 4th, 2005
Articles to Explain Moving Blood Cells?
I just experienced this for the first time (or the first time I noticed them) today. Is there a name for this and are there articles online that explain it? It does tend to be bothersome...It is almost like mini shooting stars (but clear) going in all directions.
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replied July 13th, 2005
Thanks di...Sorry I havent been on much as ive been trying not to think about them...I noticed them when I was fishing one day and we werent catching anything so I was taking a nap and saw them in the sky...I wish I never went that day cuz now I see these little all the time....O well they do get better once u dnt focus on them but its hard not to...Iship I havent found many articles on line...I found that if u look for whatever this is called youll just freak yourself out by finding actual diseases that you dont have...If u need to ask a question jsut email me or reply
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replied July 26th, 2005
Sparkles In Eyes
Hi travis, im experiencing the same sparkles when I see bright surfaces like the sky or windows at day. But seems theres maybe others that see them.
Your sparkles are in one or both eyes?
Do these sparkles have in your case a special location in your eye, like at side or down the eye etc?
What is the duration after seeing them say in the sky?
Do you seem em whith your eyes closed?
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replied July 26th, 2005
"sparkles"
Hey,
i have the exact same problem. I started seeing the "sparkles" when I was 18 (and am now 21). I've been to a neurologist, eye doc, and several other doctors because I have had other symptoms that came along with it. I was freaking out because when it first started I thought it was a brain tumor or something. However, I do have other symptoms that go along with it, and which all started at the same time the "sparkles" started - hair thinning, ringing of ears, vision worsening, feeling of off-balance, and floaters. I've had an mri, mra, eeg, and many lab tests and everything came back normal, except for "unidentified white matter" in my brain in the mri. The only explanation the doctors can give me is that my anxiety/stress could be causing the hair loss. I have been known to get anxiety attacks in the past. Does anyone have any advise? Thanks.

Oh, I also see "lightning flashes" every time I go running and my foot hits the ground. Upon impact I get a terrible pound in my head and see "lightning" flash in my peripheral vision.
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replied June 24th, 2012
sounds like maybe Lyme deases, just like it, do some research...
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replied July 27th, 2005
Aj, are the "lightning" flashes like what could be fluid being pushed around in your eye and moved around...If not could u explain to me in detail? Becaues thats the only thing I could come up with...I think we're just focusing too much on whats really there and what other people ignore...Do u have bad allergies and ear infections a lot by any chance? I was just wondering because I think thats why my ears ring....Also if u have allergy shots, my allergist said that a side affect of the shots has been known to be ringning of the ears...I never feel off balance and I noticed a slight vision change in my right eye but the doctor said it could be from adolescence because im only 16...I alwayas see floaters....And have u ever heard of usher disease? I dont wanna freak you out but I just wanted to know if uve been tested for that...Because I dont know how u do and ive been to all those doctors that u have and I figured they would have caught it if I did....Did the doctors say anything about the ringing of the ears and feeling off balance?
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replied August 27th, 2005
I've Been Trying to Figure This Out Myself
One day when I was pregnant in 2002, I stood up quickly and saw those streaming white "fireworks" so prominantly that I couldn't see anything else. It calmed down but ever since then I see them in a much more "faded" view. They never totally went away, I just don't notice as much.

So scary not to have diagnosis nor explanation, but I guess you just gradually get used to it. :?

I'm going to look into the white blood cell theory. Maybe it will help.
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