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

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

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 all flashes are benign. Retinal tears can lead to retinal detachments, which can cause blindness. ...Read more

Peripheral Vision (Definition)

When you look at someone's face, you can still see their hand, even though you are not looking directly at it. When you are walking through a doorway, you are not looking at the sides, or looking directly at the threshold, but you see it through your peripheral vision. Anything outside of your direct focus spot, is considered peripheral. Which can be measured ...Read more


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What does it mean when there is a bright light in your peripheral vision?

What does it mean when there is a bright light in your peripheral vision?

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 impending or evolving retinal tear/break. Symptoms such as these are best evaluated with a dilated retinal exam. Please see your provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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I took hydroxychloroquine and got vision field test. I have gray spots in my peripheral vision. What does that mean? Are they permanent? Are there any fixes for it?

I took hydroxychloroquine and got vision field test. I have gray spots in my peripheral vision. What does that mean? Are they permanent? Are there any fixes for it?

Caught early--No: Hydroxychloroquine can have ocular side effect ranging from blurred vision to distorted color perception. Side effects are usually dose and time related. Peripheral defects on a central 10-2 visual with a red target light are usually reversible. 10-2 defects with a white fixation light are of more concern. Often pigment changes can be seen in your retina ask your dr. What changes you have. ...Read more

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What is loss of peripheral vision mean?

Many possible causes: Loss of peripheral vision can occur with ocular or brain disease. There are many diseases that can take away peripheral vision. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you fail a peripheral vision test?

What does it mean if you fail a peripheral vision test?

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. ...Read more

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What do flashing lights in your peripheral vision mean?

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. ...Read more

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What does it mean if light appears brighter in my peripheral vision?

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 abnormal proteins in the blood. Got your eyemd for an exam. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I can see my peripheral vision pulsate with my heartbeat when im in brightly lit rooms. What is this?

I can see my peripheral vision pulsate with my heartbeat when im in brightly lit rooms. What is this?

Lid effect: You are seeing the effect of narrowed lid opening off to the side responding to each arterial pulse. This is not an effect inside the eye./ This is a function of the excellent degree of your perceptions and not due to anything that is abnormal or pathologic. ...Read more

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I hav hyper sensitive peripheral vision if anyon siting next to me I can see him even when I am not directly look @ him. He find this very uncomfortab?

I hav hyper sensitive peripheral vision if anyon siting next to me I can see him even when I am not directly look @ him. He find this very uncomfortab?

It may be anxiety.: If you feel uncomfortable when you notice someone sitting next to you, you may need to understand what the cause of the discomfort is. Sometimes high blood pressure ; thyroid conditions can cause anxiety. See your doctor for an evaluation and a possible referral to a mental health specialist. It may be necessary to differentiate anxiety from paranoia. ...Read more

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I see sometimes flash of white light in my left peripheral vision that looks like a moving circle or C, running from top to left corner.?

White light: The simple explanation lies in the pulling of the vitrous gel from the Retina-- they are frequently noticed as we age. If you suddenly notice an increased appearance of these white flashes, it could be an indication of a more serious condition (Retinal Detachment) and you should see an Opthamologist as soon as possible ...Read more

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Bright flash in peripheral vision. Increase in floaters. 20 year old female. Causes?

Needs evaluation: Increased floaters and flashes of light may indicates a retinal problem. Best to have an eye evaluation as soon as possible. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a peripheral vision test where you detect motion (finger snap) and one where you detect color (tell me when you see red)?

What is the difference between a peripheral vision test where you detect motion (finger snap) and one where you detect color (tell me when you see red)?

Not much: All gross peripheral vision tests like you describe can find large defects but cannot detect small ones. The red detection might be slightly more sensitive than the other.

If there is a question, a formal visual field test with a machine should be performed. ...Read more

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I've had a flash in peripheral vision right eye for about 4 months, every day 1-3 times/day. Eye dr said he doesn't see anything. What else could it be?

I've had a flash in peripheral vision right eye for about 4 months, every day 1-3 times/day. Eye dr said he doesn't see anything. What else could it be?

Flash of light: Seizure? Cholesterol emboli that moves on? blood clot from heart or artery in next that is small and moves on. Any Hx of trauma to eye? If persists go back to Eye Dr. Let us know what they find. ...Read more

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The last couple months, I see slow flashes of light in my peripheral vision in right eye. It lasts a few seconds and goes away when I move my eyes?

The last couple months, I see slow flashes of light in my peripheral vision in right eye. It lasts a few seconds and goes away when I move my eyes?

When rt eye closed?: How do you know it's in your right EYE (as opposed to right FIELD of VISION)? Do the flashes of light (fol) go away when you close the right eye? Do the fol only appear on the right side of your body? Both eyes contribute to the sense of vision on the right side. Either retina could've detached, or you could've some other problem. 1st step: See an ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam. Good luck ...Read more

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For the last year I see flicker in peripheral vision. It happens once or twice/evryday for 5-15 secs ata time. Eye doc said eyes are ok. What is this?

It is possible that: Symptoms of this nature are related to a neurological or other systemic disorder. Potentially multiple sclerosis. Ask your health care provider for a referral to a neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I am noticing heat waves rising from my peripheral vision (temporal and bottom) mostly in left eye in dark. They are continuous. Don't see after sleep?

I am noticing heat waves rising from my peripheral vision (temporal and bottom) mostly in left eye in dark. They are continuous. Don't see after sleep?

Get checked: Your profile suggests some eye and vision problems already, so you likely gave an ophthalmologist following you. If not, see one. I would be concerned that such specific areas of abnormal vision could relate to retinal problems. Quadrant vision loss and change can also occur with certain strokes. Best to get thorough history and dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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I believe I am having peripheral vision loss in my left eye. Should I see an opthamalogist or an optometrist.?

I believe I am having peripheral vision loss in my left eye. Should I see an opthamalogist or an optometrist.?

Ophthalmologist: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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In glaucoma 20% optic nerve damage with minimal peripheral vision loss. How much loss would it take to not see coffee tables & steps?

In glaucoma 20% optic nerve damage with minimal peripheral vision loss. How much loss would it take to not see coffee tables & steps?

Depends: As a general rule, the eye has an amazing ability to see, even with severe nerve losss. Everyone has a natural blind spot in each eye (where the optic nerve exits the eye and goes the brain) and yet, even with one eye closed, it is hard to appreciate the blind spot. Typically, patients will have end-stage glaucoma before they start having glaucoma-related vision loss. ...Read more

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I'm 23 and I have noticed floaters in my left eye and constant flashing of lights in my peripheral vision when I'm outside. It's almost looks like a million gnats flying around. Thoughts?

I'm 23 and I have noticed floaters in my left eye and constant flashing of lights in my peripheral vision when I'm outside. It's almost looks like a million gnats flying around. Thoughts?

Recommend exam: Only way to know if this is something that needs treatment is to have a dilated exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist to evaluate the cause. Good luck. ...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