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Is zig zag flashing vision symptom of stroke?

Is zig zag flashing vision symptom of stroke?

No: These symptoms most probably in your age is ophthalmic migraine with or without ensuing headache. See your neurologist or eye-md for work up. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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When I'm stressed everything will start to look half and then my vision starts flashing zig zags but soon as I breath and calm down it subsides?

When I'm stressed everything will start to look half and then my vision starts flashing zig zags but soon as I breath and calm down it subsides?

Ocular Migraine?: This could be an ocular migraine which occurs in the visual processing centers of the brain and results in classic zig zag lines or prismatic colors. It usually lasts minutes to hours and can be seen with the eyes open or closed. Most will go away by themselves and not be accompanied by a headache. Risk factors are similar to normal migraines. ...Read more

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What causes the zig zag vision during a panic attack?

What causes the zig zag vision during a panic attack?

Like a migraine: It's probably due to increased neural activity in the visual cortex of your brain. ...Read more

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Why when I have a panic attack my vision is disoriented and I get flashing zig zags in my vision?

Why when I have a panic attack my vision is disoriented and I get flashing zig zags in my vision?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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I randomly get weird flashy blind spots in my vision. It starts off small & then gradually gets bigger. It almost looks like zig zag patterns. Help?!

I randomly get weird flashy blind spots in my vision. It starts off small & then gradually gets bigger. It almost looks like zig zag patterns. Help?!

Most likely migraine: Visual events described as wavy, zigzag, saw toothed, jagged, scintillating, often are a result of a migrainal event that has stimulating the visual path in the brain. They may or may not be associated with headache, nausea, vomiting or othe associated symptoms. To be sure, see your eye md for an exam to make sure it isn't a retinal issue. Also, neurologist often rec. Treatment of migraines. ...Read more

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I had auras of colorful zig zags before a migraine. What causes auras to happen? My aura really affected my whole vision. Is that normal for an aura?

I had auras of colorful zig zags before a migraine. What causes auras to happen? My aura really affected my whole vision. Is that normal for an aura?

Auras: Auras are caused by the migraine (vasospasm of a blood vessel) occurring in the occipital lobe of the brain. The are where vision is perceived causing the zig zag symptoms preceding the headache. ...Read more

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My aura before migraine was different today, white flash with immediate large section of vision blurred with zig zags, not gradual like usual. Common?

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

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Why do I get flickering zig zag vision after work out?

Why do I get flickering zig zag vision after work out?

Retinal problem: While this can be a symptom of retinal detachment, tear or vitreous detachment it is more likely due to hypertension. Zig zag lines can also be a sign of ophthalmic migraine. Take your blood pressure before and after a workout. I recommend a retinal evaluation by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What causes sudden spike in blood pressure and zig zag flashing vision?

What causes sudden spike in blood pressure and zig zag flashing vision?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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Is a pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM very large? And can they shrink on there own? How can they tell if it is a cyst or tumor? Cause of zig zag vision

Is a pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM very large? And can they shrink on there own? How can they tell if it is a cyst or tumor? Cause of zig zag vision

Pineal cyst: It is not big. It is probably benign and can be evaluated by mri.Usually they don't shrink. This size cyst should not cause any visual problems ...Read more

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Had migraine attack, changed from last year had double vision and nausea, I now have double vision, zig zag lines & nausea on sickness tablet 3 days?

Had migraine attack, changed from last year had double vision and nausea, I now have double vision, zig zag lines & nausea on sickness tablet 3 days?

Either you have: A worse migraine or you have something much worse, like pseudotumor or atypical migraine. Seizures can also cause severe symptoms. If you are not taking any migraine meds, you need to. The "sickness" tablet (which I assume is some antinausea pill) may also contribute to neurological issues if you take enough of them. Either way, you need professional healthcare provider eyes on you. ...Read more

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Can panic attack cause flashing zig zag vision and sudden spike in blood pressure?

Can panic attack cause flashing zig zag vision and sudden spike in blood pressure?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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I'm 17&I keep getting weird zig-zaggy flashy spots in my vision. I suffer from migraines but I didn't start getting these until recently, plz help!

I'm 17&I keep getting weird zig-zaggy flashy spots in my vision. I suffer from migraines but I didn't start getting these until recently, plz help!

Zig zag flashes: Are you seeing these zig zag spots just before getting a headache? If so, unfortunately, these types of auras are common before migraine headaches.
When was the last time you had your vision checked?
What medicine (s) do you take to abort symptoms? Look in your local organic grocer for something called Feverfew. It's a natural agent used to treat migraines. ...Read more

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Are flickering lights in vision an aura?

Possible, but...: Possible if you suffer from migraines. Flashing or flickering in one eye can also signal pulling by the vitreous on the retina. Get it checked out! ...Read more

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My vision is blacked out at the top right of it and it flickers. What can I cause?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I get visual flickering disturbances in lower half of vision, seems to only occur when I focus on it 'consciously'. More prominent in darker setting?

I get visual flickering disturbances in lower half of vision, seems to only occur when I focus on it 'consciously'. More prominent in darker setting?

Eye exam: Flickering lights in an eye could be due to spasm in tiny vessels of the retina (occular migraine). A more serious cause would be slight tears in the retina. For this reason I recommend an eye exam by an opthalmologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How can I impair my vision?

How can I impair my vision?

Really?: I'm not advising 'ways' to harm vision. Your eyes are probably the most precious resource that you have, so protect & take care of them. If you are having vision problems, see an ophthalmologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is your non-vision time?

What is your non-vision time?

?????: I have never heard of this term but I guess it refers to periods without visual input (ie when eye are closed or during sleep). ...Read more

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Is 20/30 and 20/40 vision bad?

Depends: These are levels of vision that still indicate good and useful vision. If you are used to 20/20 vision and you have a drops to 20/30 or 20/40 (uncorrectable) then it may seem bad to you. In my state of washington, the break point for a driver's license is a vision level of 20/40, so the state does not consider this 'bad'. ...Read more

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Are vision defects hereditary?

Depends on type: Color vision defect is usually hereditary but can be affected by various meds including some anti-inflammatories, cancer agents, blood pressure meds, pr even aftergastric bypass. In addition recreational drugs can also be problematic. There are other eye diseases that can cause defects. ...Read more

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What is cause of declining vision?

Aging or disease: Difficult to answer without more signs and symptoms, test results. ...Read more

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What makes my vision randomly blur?

What makes my vision randomly blur?

Dry?: A common cause of vision fluctuations is dry eyes. An easy test is to try otc artificial tears 4x/day and see if the vision improves. If it does, you should see an eye md for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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Why is my vision going dark slowly?

PLEASE SEE AN EYE: Specialist as soon as possible. Many possibilities, some of them dangerous. ...Read more

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What causes my vision to become dim?

What causes my vision to become dim?

Many causes: Dim vision can be caused by cataracts, retinal problems or optic nerve issues. The key detail needed to better answer the question is how often/ when does it occur. If it is frequent or continuous, you should see an eye doctor soon. ...Read more