A member asked:

Started getting eye flashes in peripheral vision although i had an eye check up last month. could worsening anxiety be the cause or schedule appt.?

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Cory Annis answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Go back to eye MD: Eye flashes in peripheral vision should always be checked out first. Retinal detachment can happen with no warning even if its the day after your last eye check up. That is an emergency. However, high stress/ anxiety is a good setting for ocular migraines, which are usually harmless but frightening. They may or may not be associated with a headache.

Answered 2/9/2017


Dr. Jon Fishburn answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Migraine aura or eye: I recommend having an ophthalmologist exam you. Flashes of light in peripheral visual field lasting over numerous minutes in a crescendo-decrescendo fashion with or without headache, nausea, or even vomiting likely represents an aura of migraine. Your vision should return entirely to normal after the event. If retinal tear/detachment: increase floaters, random flashes with eye movement, shadows.

Answered 3/2/2017



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