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I'm seeing squiggly lines in vision. Do I need to get new glasses?

I'm seeing squiggly lines in vision. Do I need to get new glasses?

No: Curved, wavy lines moving in your vision are likely to be floaters, and if not a new symptom, are likely to be completely benign. New onset floaters, however, warrant an evaluation with an eye md, to rule out a retinal tear. On the other hand, if objects known to be straight are now curved (like door frames), a macular condition could be the cause. This also warrants an evaluation with an eye md. ...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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Just now started seeing squiggly multicolored lines in my vision. Both eyes, happened very suddenly. Should I make a visit to the emergency room?

Just now started seeing squiggly multicolored lines in my vision. Both eyes, happened very suddenly. Should I make a visit to the emergency room?

Vision change: This could be an ocular migraine. Are there any other symptoms? If it is, these usually resolve within a few hours. If symptom persist, you should definitely be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I'm seeing weird squiggly lines in my field of vision. Could this be bad?

I'm seeing weird squiggly lines in my field of vision. Could this be bad?

YES!: It could be a retinal problem like a retinal tear or detachment, or an ocular migraine. See an eye doctor and get a dilated retinal exam asap. ...Read more

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Why am I seeing prisms around my vision?

Why am I seeing prisms around my vision?

Migraine: You are probably experiencing occipital migraine. You can confirm this by seeing if the same things occurs in each eye when you cover one and then the other. These usually are short lasting (5 min to 2 hours) and cause no permanent changes. If this test does not work as I have indicated, then see your ophthalmologist for a better diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for seeing lights in your vision?

Is there a cure for seeing lights in your vision?

No cure, C ur eye dr: Depending on how extensive you're seeing these little flashes of light, you do want to see your eye doctor, and have this evaluated through a dilated funduscopic exam. S/he will be able to advise you further on this. They will be able to explain what's happening, diagnose properly, and then you will have peace of mind. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why I am seeing fireflies in vision?

Can you tell me why I am seeing fireflies in vision?

Flashing lights: Needs attention soon, this can be a precursor to a retina detachment. See you ophthalmologist soon! ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am seeing little sparks in my vision?

Can be normal: Light flashes or sparks can be nonspecific and not dangerous. They can indicate vitreous traction or may actually be coming from irritation in the brain in the visual tracts. If the sparks occur in the temperol periphery it may be secondary to changes in the eye. Though these are usually normal findings it may be helpful to have a doctor check you if they continue. ...Read more

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I'm seeing black out only on the right side of my vision, why?

I'm seeing black out only on the right side of my vision, why?

Only able to y: Determine the cause by examining you eyes. Pay attention if it moves with eye movement or if there is any flashing lights associated with this. See an ophthalmologist for this. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm seeing flashes of light in my vision?

What do you advise if I'm seeing flashes of light in my vision?

Flashes in vision: See an eye doc soon! Could be simply a liquification of the jelly in the eye, which is normal, or something more serious like a retinal tear or hole. ...Read more

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When I wake up I see red squiggly lines in my vision what does that mean?

Eye vessels: You are observing a normal phenomenon. The sudden and angular input of light when you wake up gives you a chance to see your blood vessels in the back of the eye which you normally do not see. ...Read more

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What should I do if I keep seeing things move at the corner of my vision?

What should I do if I keep seeing things move at the corner of my vision?

Depends how much: Most people will have a little bit of this occasionally. Some people are even more perceptively sensitive. It is as if the peripheral vision is hyperactive. We all have these vigilance brain functions on automatically. Insomnia, isolation, substance abuse and brain illnesses each can increase this brain "hyper"- activity. If it continues or bothers you, see a doctor to evaluate it. ...Read more

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I keep on seeing shadows on top of distant object. What vision problem is this?

I keep on seeing shadows on top of distant object. What vision problem is this?

Depends: Seeing a constant shadow around objects may just be an out of focus eye needing a refraction (glasses) or something more serious affecting the cornea, lens, retina or other. An eye exam will help sort out. ...Read more

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I am seeing thousands of tiny sparks across my field of vision. What could cause that?

See below: It could be a retinal tear or detachment, an ocular migraine, a vitreous detachment, among other things. You must see an ophthalmologist. Preferably a retina specialist, right away. ...Read more

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My husband today called me and said he was seeing white and his vision was blurry what is going on?

My husband today called me and said he was seeing white and his vision was blurry what is going on?

Best to get seen: Causes could vary according to his age, onset, timing, during, with or without pain/redness, one eye or both, medications, to name some. Any change in vision especially when abrupt is best evaluated at the ophthalmologist's office quickly. ...Read more

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Seeing weird spots in my vision when looking to the far right / left of vision. What does this mean?

Seeing weird spots in my vision when looking to the far right / left of vision. What does this mean?

Several things: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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What would cause seeing prisms in eyesight with no headache? It's blocking part of my vision. Is it worrisome?

What would cause seeing prisms in eyesight with no headache? It's blocking part of my vision. Is it worrisome?

Please see a doctor.: Your symptoms can be from what we call floaters in the fluid behind the lens or it can also be from a detached retina, which is a serious condition needing immediate attention. Please see an ophthalmologist or go to E.R. or urgent care for evaluation right away. ...Read more

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Why do I keep seeing stuff like bright lights with my vision? My eyesight is healthy and I have glasses? What is this?

Why do I keep seeing stuff like bright lights with my vision? My eyesight is healthy and I have glasses? What is this?

Many causes: There are many causes of seeing lights in normal eyes ie migraine, pvdetachment, vitreous traction etc. Neuro ophthalmic examination is in order. ...Read more

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I began seeing sparkles in my vision. It lasted for like 30 seconds but directly after I began feeling shooting pains in my head. What's happening???

I began seeing sparkles in my vision. It lasted for like 30 seconds but directly after I began feeling shooting pains in my head. What's happening???

Likely migraine: Sounds like a migraine with a preceding aura. Unfortunately these are relatively common for some & you may need to get help managing them if this becomes a pattern. You can try common pain meds but sleep is one sure way to get rid of one. I wouldn't be worried you have a deadly problem. Although it is no fun. ...Read more

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Can you cure seeing bright lights in your vision? I was looking and seen a bright light from the sun reflecting on my tv and now I always see it? Help

Can you cure seeing bright lights in your vision? I was looking and seen a bright light from the sun reflecting on my tv and now I always see it? Help

See your eye doctor: Usually when there's reflection of the sun off glass that you happen to catch, it does leave an after image that usually fades. Depending on how long you were staring at it, or if was momentary, will be good to share with your eye specialist. People who stare at the sun can cause another condition which is solar retinopathy. In either case, you want to have your eye specialist examine your eyes, and do a dilated exam so they can see your retina. ...Read more

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I am seeing double vision, how do I fix this?

I am seeing double vision, how do I fix this?

See a doctor: Double vision can be a dangerous symptom. See an ophthalmologist asap. ...Read more

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I am seeing flashing lights from the side vision?

Seek Help: Flashes of light may be benign but since they are also associated with retinal tears and/or retinal detachment, you should seek an ophthalmologist (as soon as possible) for a dilated retinal exam. ...Read more

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Is double vision always seeing like blurred horizontal images?

No: Can be double horizontally, vertically, or a combination of the two, or not truly separated but overlapping. ...Read more

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Dim vision and difficulty seeing in low light. Are they related?

Yes, possibly!: This could be due to diabetes. Also retinopathy, macular degeneration, and many other things. You need to get this checked out by an ophthalmologist and pronto! ...Read more

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Trouble seeing road signs at night. Does this mean my night vision is deteriorating?

Trouble seeing road signs at night. Does this mean my night vision is deteriorating?

Eye strain: At age 43, you may have some eye strain from presbyopia, the decrease in ability to focus up close that comes with aging. It normally starts in the 40s. If you do have eye strain, dim light conditions may make it worse. See your eye MD to confirm and possibly start using reading glasses. ...Read more

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I have been seeing floating in my vision ever since I had a concussion 6 months ago. Should I be concerned?

Get checked: I would get checked out from both a primary care sports medicine specialist and opthomologist. May times concussions can cause issues with vision and balance. Usually symptoms resolve, but since they are not, you should get evaluated. ...Read more