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Eyes problems ? Small circular bursts of light w/ headache

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I often get headaches, esp with my period, but I've never had any visual disturbance associated with them. Today though I had a fairly mild headache throughout the afternoon. Around 7pm after my headache disappeared, I squated down to pick something up and 2-3 minutes later I got up and started seeing small circular bursts of light. The first few were like tiny bright soap bubbles but the last few were like little flames. They occurred all around my vision and the episode lasted about 3 seconds. My vision returned to normal after that. There were no floaters or anything abnormal that I can tell. I'm young and have no medical problems that I know of other than these headaches which are annoying but bother me too much. I ate lunch at noon and while I was hungry when this happened, I wasn't feeling weak. Does what I just describe sound serious? What can it be?


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replied August 8th, 2007
Vision and Eye Disorders Answer A3067
It is difficult to make any conjectures about possible causes for the “bubbles” that appear in your line of sight. You can make an appointment to visit an ophthalmologist to check your vision and exclude/confirm eye disorder. Sometimes vision problems can be due to disorders found to be outside the eyes (hypotension, hypoglycemia, anemia, brain damage etc.).


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