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Im Seeing White Light Flashes That Go Everywhere (im Only 16 (Page 5)


May 31st, 2009
eye sparkles
I also have this and after many doctors visits my self... I have discovered that this is a gift and what we are all seeing is energy, and the as for the white sparkles well those mean angels are near by... feel blessed and not afraid, hope I helped
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replied June 7th, 2009
we all see this, we just aren't all conscious of it or our brains are more focussed on the broader picture. maybe these moving particles are like the natural 'pixels' of energy?
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replied June 9th, 2009
I see flshing everywhere too Iam 22 years old.. and I see flashing all over the place.. Which brings me to this question in the dark when you close one eye do you see that its fuzzy like what you see on tv after it goes blank?
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replied June 9th, 2009
Allergies / Sinus Issues?
Have you been to see an ENT (Ear nose and throat) specialist? I have severe allergies and have been through the same exact course of examinations. Finally an ENT Specialist attributed the lights to pressure behind my optic nerve...increased when exercising, balance issues due to inner ear pressure, etc. Just a thought.
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replied June 18th, 2009
Flashes
I was given Lithium as a teen, maybe it made a difference, who knows, but I see the White flashes often as well. Been thru the whole rigamarole of Neurological testing and rounds and I came up clear. Don't get me wrong I am glad. But, it was rough. It does not help to be diagnosed with MPD either and have these flashes. Although sometimes l like to think of them as flashes of brilliance and snow on the brain. Take care all and good luck.
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replied June 25th, 2009
SPARKLE VISION
Yes i too suffer from this sparkle vision
mine may have been brought on by substance abuse but years and years after i quite use
even know im very health and excercise everyday but i still got this problem
ive gone to all sorts of doctors such as reg. doctors, eye docs, opthermologists, nero-opthermologists, nerologist, psyrcharists and have had all kinds of tests dones such as mri's and so on and everything came out normal
ive tried different kinds of meds but notthing has worked
so if theres anyone out there that has the answer please get in touch with people in this forum because we're all looking for a solution
i will keep all of us in my prayers
good luck and god bless
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replied June 25th, 2009
I also want to say that i know how you feel Travis because these are not just floaters, or due to stress or whatever else
if you look up at the sky you can see these little white dots shooting and flickering around in your vision
they also can be seen in bright or white areas indoors
and at times even when i sneeze and cough they can strongly be visiable in my vision for about 20-40 seconds
so i totally know what your saying and how you feel
so if you wanna talk about it just send me an email
good luck and god bless
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replied July 11th, 2009
dancing lights
I AM SOOO glade to hear that other people see these moving lights too. When I approched my eye doctor he ordered a cat-scan but that came out clear. Then he just said "I can't explaine this" and he sent me on my way. I first noticed them when I was laying out to get a tan. I opened my eyes and looked up at the sky and they were everywere; of course, this sent me into a panic. I too am fine at night or in dim light but I still catch glimpses of movement every now and then at night. I am going to check into the blood cell theory but if anyone out there wants to talk or has more info PLEASE e-mail me. I'v been going a little crazy these past 6 months with worry about this. This is the first site I have come across that has live people discribing what I am seeing, well most of you are. Travis 13, if you are still out there, I would like to know if you have had any updates since your original messages.Thank you
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replied July 19th, 2009
SPARKLES
PeaceofMind000...i tried sending you some kind of message but i cant really figure it out
but anyway i understand how you feel
ive got mine under control at the moment but im afraid they might get to me again meaning i try not thinking about it which i dont but they can be very annoying
i was wondering if you or anyone else have gone to a doctor that knew anything that could help our cases
i myself have been to every kind of doctor and had every kind of test done and they have all come back negative
also ive wrote in my other posts that when i was a young man i used to use drugs but something tells me that this was not brought on due to that because i got these sparkles years and years after stopping use of drugs (cold turkey)
im wondering if you or anyone else have used drugs to maybe bring this on but something tells me no!
anyway if anyone has any more info on these sparkles or just wants to talk
try to email me or if you cant email like i couldnt try to contact me throw a post like im doing now
good luck everyone and god bless
NICEGUY82
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replied August 26th, 2009
I have been experiencing white flashes on the peripheral of me right eye. These came two weeks ago for the first time. I had three optical migraines in the same day without the headache and then the flashes started. I have had a CAT scan, blood tests, and am now being referred to a neurologists and MRI. The difference I am experiencing is that my flashes don't happened until I turn off the lights or enter a dark room. They happen quickly and then go away. I am a little nervous because I do have a history of migraine headache and I think my doctor is worried about a stroke. I'll post again when I have the tests done.
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replied October 9th, 2009
Please Read this, I went through most of the symptoms the majority of the posters are writing about and I hope what I have to say can help you. By the way I am 19.

When I was 18 years old I started noticing these "sparkles, glitter. prickles, ect." looking up at a cloudy yet bright sky. I remember the first time I noticed them I thought literally nothing of them. I knew they were part of my vision but I guess I just didn't care.

About a year later I moved to a house on the beach and enjoyed taking long jogs on it at night, that was when they started bugging me. After an invigorating run they would be darting all over the place. After my day runs I would jog back into the house and than about five minutes later walk back out side and just stare up at the sky, I bet my neighbors thought I was a loony. Thoroughly freaked out I went to my neared medical resource, Dr. Firefox. I read dozens of yahoo answers and medical sites telling me that "Flashes (which i guess was a poor description of them on my part)" meant retinal detachment. Anyway this was the start of my career as a hypochondriac, and here are a couple things you should know about the symptoms you are experiencing.

1. As you age your body changes, experiencing new and frightening symptoms is a part of life. However this doesn't mean new symptoms should go ignored.

2. Just because you have one or two symptoms doesn't mean that you have the worst possible disease pertaining to those symptoms.

3. The darting sparkles perceived against a very light or dark background are blood vessels traveling through your eye, not floaters, once you start seeing floaters you will know the difference. Especially if they bug you most or increase in speed and prevalence immediately following exercise. My eye doctor told me the only time to worry about retinal detachment is if seeing through the effected eye is almost or completely impossible. Supposedly you need to be hit in the eye to detach your retina as well, it doesn't just budge loose.

4. Floaters are also natural. <http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/floaters /index.asp > The nice thing about floaters are that they eventually settle to the bottom of your eye. And if they are really bothering you, there are lasic procedures that can obliterate them. Again the only time to really worry about them is if you see a whole swarm of them, and not just a a clump but a swarm of clumps encompassing the majority of your vision.

5. Ringing in your ears, there are a few causes for this an just because you have it doesn't necessarily mean that you will have it permanently. Allergies can cause ringing in your ears, if glands or sinuses are swollen they can put unnecessary pressure on your ear canal which your drums and brain perceive as sound. Sinuses can also put pressure on your eyes which could be a possible cause for some of the symptoms people are experiencing. Also my communications professor keeps ranting about how generation y, a.k.a. us are going to be deaf by the time we are 35. And he has studies to back it up, ask someone in their forties if they have ringing in their ears a.k.a. tinnitus and the majority of them will tell you a definitive yes. Partially due to being the first generation of people exposed to electronically amplified sound.

6. Don't walk around trying to notice your symptoms. I went through this phase and let me tell you, as soon as you stop trying to notice them they all but disappear. One poster suggests that if you train your eyes not to focus on the sparkles (blood vessels) eventually you will stop perceiving them. I haven't gotten that far, but what I will say is that since I stopped walking around looking at the sky all the time I have stopped seeing floaters completely (knock on wood) and only see the sparkles when I take a forbidden glance up into the sky to see if they are still there. But I suppose that is why so many people wear sun glasses...

7 (last one) . If you haven't seen a doctor than maybe you should, not just to make sure you aren't seriously injured, but to give you peace of mind. If you have seen a doctor on multiple occasions and they tell you everything is fine, chances are it probably is. If you notice something new give 'em a call but otherwise find ways to deal with your symptoms on your own, a few of mine are...

Taking allergy medication, and reducing the things that make me allergic on a daily basis.

Taking breaks from the computer, which can stress they eyes, and stress and anxiety can and do cause noticeable symptoms. (Which sucks because than you get anxious about the symptoms...)

Using eye drops a few times a day. My eyes tend to get dry which can cause vision to be blurry and sometimes halos around lights. (It takes about two weeks of using drops to re-lubricate the lenses of your eyes.)

Taking a daily vitamin. Your eyes need vitamin a to function properly so eating apples and bananas daily can help.



I hope this information has been helpful and if you still aren't noticing positive changes in your symptoms, keep looking for answers an solutions to your problems , you will find them eventually.

-James
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replied October 23rd, 2009
I have the same symptoms and i just found out i have astigmatism so i'm hoping that wearing glasses will solve the problem

i have small flashing lights, especially in places with artificial lights.
I noticed them getting worse in lectures and classes.
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replied November 5th, 2009
I get mine only in the shower too... Like I'm tripping out. When I move my head the sparkles stay in place. Its eerie yet I like it. Its been happening to me for a long time. Not everytime I take a shower but almost!
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replied November 23rd, 2009
I have these as well. Mine change color sometimes they are red flash/crystals sometimes they are blue... I get them a lot while looking at living creatures or other people. I also told my eye doctor about these occurrences and he didn't seem very concerned. They don't bother me as much as they used to, I guess I am used to them but when they occur it can be pretty blinding and distracting. Especially when your in the middle of a conversation. My take on it, though it's a little off the wall, is that it's another way of seeing auras like someones energy... When you see one when people are not around you are seeing your own. As I said its far fetched but it could be... The doctor can't seem to find logic behind it so all I can do is make up my own. Hope it helps to know your not the only one I know I was relived to see your post. Wink
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replied December 14th, 2009
I have experienced these sparkles for a couple of years now and I have had a difficult time finding others who also share my experience. I'm happy to know I am not alone. I have a question for everyone who experiences these sparkles. Have you ever been on any sort of behavioral medication, such as Paxil, Prozac, Lexapro, etc.. I have been on quite a few and I wonder if they have something to do with it. I have noticed changes in myself ever since using them, even though it was a long time ago.
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replied December 30th, 2009
Sparles
I have had these swarms of invisible sparkles almost like gnats in front of me for over 12 years. I have also been to several doctors, opthomologists, neurologists and they all tell me nothings wrong. If nothing is wrong why do I see this way 24/7? I am glad I am not the only one! Mine is also at night and it is also hard for me to read anything in print(newspapers, books) because the words move around the page in a wavy pattern from the swarming gnats! Also I cannot look at patterns because they move around too especially any kind of window blinds. I am extremely sensitive to light and darkness, I have to keep a nightlight on. I also get optic migraines, I have unexplained white matter on my brain that the neurologist thought could be MS but I have no other symptoms of MS, he said they are finding in research that migraines can cause white matter. EverydayI fight not to see these sparles but I cannot escape it!
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replied January 8th, 2010
I also sees these flashing particles floating like dust.
but I dont sees them continuously, i see them once in month. I am searching for their info on net. They appears only for 15 to 20 seconds and then disappear.
I am feeling good that I am not the single person to see these sparkles. Also sometimes my hands or legs shake vigourously and sometimes I feels off balance.
Do anyone have these symptoms too?
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replied January 14th, 2010
specks/Sparkles
wow this has been really helpful I thought I was the only one with this problem. I've been seeing these little specks/sparlkes since as long as I can remember but when I was younger like 10 (im now 21) they could only be seen on windows and light colored objects and would look like little moving specks of a white color. Now They are more frequent, larger, and give I sometimes feel like I am going to pass out/ loose balence. They are like most here are describing with the white/black contrasting dots that dart around like flies in all directions. I see them mostly when I get up quick or sneeze. I think it might be blood cells but what explains the off balence feeling?
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replied January 26th, 2010
Hooray for genetics.
I've had something like what you've described start recently, I call them 'Rainbow Gnats' because that's what they look like to me anyway. Apparently my mother used to suffer these back in the day, shortly before she was diagnosed with chronic migraines, and here's what her doctor told her. What's happening is your brain is bracing for a migraine which will sometimes trigger 'painless migraines', periods in which you experience the side effects of migraines (hard time forming words, poor coordination, unexplained stomach problems, or an overall sluggishness) sans headache. One of it's first reactions is to soften the blows to the optic part of your brain by 'dimming the lights' or the input to your brain. Since the visual information can't be totally ignored it's being distorted into light, which your see before you in pinpricks. Apparently this can also be brought about by excessive exposure to screens (TV/Computer), high levels of stress, and sinus infections pressing on your optic nerve.

Hope this has helped Very Happy
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replied February 16th, 2010
Do you see them on blank sufaces like walls travis? I am having minor vision disturbances too. Oh that was back in 2005. How are you now?
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