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What do flashing lights in your peripheral vision mean?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
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 of each eye with surrounding flashing lights lasting up to 2 hours and leaving with no trace. Persistent flashing in one eye only especially with lowered vision and floaters might be a retinal detachment and needs ophthalmological evaluation soon.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if you have flashes of light in your peripheral vision?

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Dr. Idan Sharon
Neurology 28 years experience
Peripheral vision: Auras are visual manifestations of neurological symptoms. Flashing lights are one type of aura people report seeing, and these auras often appear in either eye. Migraines are a common cause of visual disturbances, such as flashing lights, but these uncomfortable visual symptoms can be the result of other physiological conditions as well. Anxiety, retinal disease, htn, and seizures may be an issue.
A 65-year-old member asked:

I sometimes see bright lights in my peripheral vision. What does it mean?

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Dr. Benjamin Rubin
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
"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?
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is loss of peripheral vision mean?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Many possible causes: Loss of peripheral vision can occur with ocular or brain disease. There are many diseases that can take away peripheral vision.

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