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What's the difference between photopsia and visual seizures? I had split-second flashes of light so i saw my eye md, but he found nothing wrong.

What's the difference between photopsia and visual seizures? I had split-second flashes of light so i saw my eye md, but he found nothing wrong.

Photopsia is a flash: Of light that will nearly always occur unilaterally, or in one eye only. A migraine causes "scintillating scotomas". This is a scintillating absence of vision which typically does not lateralize - meaning it is not possible to say that it is in one eye or the other. A "visual seizure" or occipital lobe seizure mimics retinal migraine as both are due to occipital lobe dysfunction. ...Read more

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Why am i seeing flashes of light?

Why am i seeing flashes of light?

Most likely: New flashes or floaters and/or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obscuring part of the vision) require an urgent dilated retinal exam to rule out retinal detachment. Other causes include ocular migraine. Get checked. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like flashes of light go away quickly?

Do symptoms like flashes of light go away quickly?

Usually: Light flashes mostly are due to changes in the fluids in the back of the eye. The retina is jostled when this happens and responds with a light flash. You should see your ophthalmologist if this persists more than a day, if there are lots of floaters, if the vision drops, or if you see a grey -veiny veil in the vision. Do not delay as sometimes this can be a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get flashes of light?

How common is it for somebody to get flashes of light?

Light flashing: Medically called photopsias, these are the sensation of light streaking from retinal stimulation. This can occur if the eye is struck, and occurs spontaneously in middle to older age from fluid changes in the eye. If associated with floaters and loss of vision, you need to see your ophthalmologist to rule out detachment of the retina. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: flashes of light?

What is the definition or description of: flashes of light?

Visual phenomena: The term is used to describe a retinal phenomenon associated with both vitreous and retinal detachments. Light flashes can also be seen as migraine auras, and rarely with occipital tumors and some rare epilepsies. This is basically a symptom, not a sign on exam. ...Read more

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About once a month, I get flashes of light. Is that ok or bad?

About once a month, I get flashes of light.  Is that ok or bad?

Hard to say: This depends a lot on your age, and if you have any other medical problems or not. Sometimes eye conditions can cause flashes of light, and other times it can be part of a neurologic condition, like migraines, or vascular problem related to blood flow to the eyes. I would start by seeing my regular doctor or eye doctor and discuss this with them. ...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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Why I keep seeing flashes of light after I turn the lights off at bedtime?

Why I keep seeing flashes of light after I turn the lights off at bedtime?

Retinal detachment: This could be due to detachment of the vitrous (jelly like substance in the eye) but it could also be an early warning of detachment of the retina. You should see your ophthamologist (eye doctor) to make sure. Retinal detachment can be treated and blindness prevented if caught early enough. ...Read more

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I'm randomly seeing flashes of light when i lay in bed at night. Should i be worried?

Maybe trivial, but: What you describe could be due to retinal or vitreous detachment, and worthwhile to let your eye professional know of this. ...Read more