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Is this optical migraine? Flashing zig-zag @periphery of vision. Printed words distorted/stretched at periphery, like they're moving & fading in/out.
The term aura is usually used to describe a visual change that occurs at the onset of a classic migraine. It is typically described as an odd light appearance, color change or other visual illusion associated with the headache. Not all migraines have auras..."common migraines" do not have auras, ...Read more
44yo new onset migraines with aura. Inbetween migraines, having palinopsia, photophobia and vertigo spells. Vestibular migraines or something else?
Possible: Migraines can cause virtually any neurological symptoms. The rule out thumb is, rule out more serious causes first, so if you have not sought an evaluation yet, please do so. ...Read more
"Petit mal": does not cause flashing lights. Flashing lights don't usually cause Petit Mal (absence seizures) Partial seizures and Generalized Tonic Clonic seizures can be brought on by lights flashing at specific frequencies (also called Nintendo Epilepsy) Absence ( Petit mal) is more likely to be brought on by hyperventilation. These brief generalized seizures typically last 1-3 seconds. ...Read more
Not usually: Cataracts cause halos/glare especially when driving at night, blurry vision, loss of contrast sensitivity (decreased contrast between objects & background ) & decreased vision: even on; these symptoms worse with time. Flashing lights usually due to vitreous changes, retinal traction, hole, detachment, or brain blood flow issues/migraines; More info: email@example.com ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could cause light visual hallucinations like auras around lightsources, afterimages, trails, hearing music?
My aura before migraine was different today, white flash with immediate large section of vision blurred with zig zags, not gradual like usual. Common?
"Common"?: Not sure what you mean by "common." It doesn't seem to be common for YOU. I recommend you look up "scintillating scotoma" & "fortification spectra" & see whether the descriptions fit your symptoms. Migraines can change over time, especially in women, as migraines are often exquisitely sensitive to either short-term or long-term changes in female hormones. ...Read more
Varies: Typically affects vision out of both eyes. Descriptions range from jig-jaggy lines or squiggly lines, to gray holes in vision, to distorted vision. Sometimes sparking lights are noticed. Sometimes the aura spreads outward over several minutes, followed by the development of headache. Some people only experience the visual aura without headache. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blurry vision, constant eye floaters, flashes of light, double vision. MRI normal & saw 2 eye doctors who found nothing. What can it be?!
Talk to your doctor : You may want to see a neuro -ophthalmologist. Your symptoms are very concerning. It's possible to have normal exam and negative MRI and still have something wrong. Multiple sclerosis comes to mind. You may find a specialist in New Orleans to evaluate you and hopefully ease your mind. ...Read more
I keep seeing jagged flashes of lightning bolts that shimmer around an object followed by an intense headache. Are these hallucinations?
No: These are not hallucinations and you need to be seen by a doctor. Seeing lightning bolts can mean there is eye problem like a torn retina or neurologic problem like a migraine. If you are pregnant, visual changes associated with a headache can indicate a serious complication called pre eclampsia. If you have these symptoms it is very important you see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Migraine aura with no headache following coiling unruptured aneurysm 20 months ago. The Zig zags/spring shapes last 30-40 mins. What causes this ?
YAG iridotomy at 12 o'clock position. Have ghost images in lower field of vision. Looks kind of like a line/crescent of light Will these resolve?
Most often yes: Sometimes no, if it does not, please look into a corneal tattoo (rarely needed but works very well to block the extra light coming through or colored contact lens. ...Read more