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i sometimes see bright lights in my peripheral vision what does it mean

A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Rubin
39 years experience Ophthalmology
"Ocular " migraine: Migraine does not require a headache. How long do the lights last? Do you see them with your eyes closed? In both eyes?
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Dr. Theodore Wu
22 years experience Ophthalmology
Flashing lights: Some flashing lights are caused by a retinal tear or hole. You should consider seeing a local ophthalmologist if the flashing continues, since not al ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Notaroberto
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Flashes: A bright light in your peripheral field can signify traction (pulling) on the mid-peripheral or peripheral retina. These can be warning signs of an im ... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Katz
47 years experience Dermatology
See ophthalmologist : this could be beginnings of a detached retina...or simply nothing serious. Need eye doc to fully exam your eyes to determine exact dx. I personally ha ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Agree with Dr. K: It is imperative that you see a retina specialist at the earliest. Your symptoms are consistent with retinal detachment and delaying treatment could m ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
30 years experience Ophthalmology
See specialist : You need an eye exam to check color vision, spectral domain optical coherence tomography, dilated eye exam and possibly a fundus flourescein angiogram ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
34 years experience Ophthalmology
Many possible causes: Loss of peripheral vision can occur with ocular or brain disease. There are many diseases that can take away peripheral vision.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Migraine: The most likely cause for this symptoms is occipital migraine which causes a greying out of the vision the the corresponding peripheral 1/2 of vision ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
34 years experience Ophthalmology
You can't: This test is not one you can pass or fail. It is a measurement of what you can see in the peripheral vision. It can be normal or abnormal.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Yanik
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Rods and cones: The cones in your macula see color while your peripheral vision has rods which do not see colors
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Saran
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Many things: This could be traction on the retina from a vitreous detachment with traction, atypical migraine symptoms and in rare cases flashes associated with ab ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldstein
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Pupil constriction : Possibly your pupils really construct and so it seems like your peripheral vision decreases.

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