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What is happening when my vision randomly flashes on occasion?

What is happening when my vision randomly flashes on occasion?

?retinal tear: The most common cause of "eye flashes" occurs when the gel in your eye separates (posterior vitreous detachment). In some circumstances separation of the gel can pull on the retina and cause a tear of the retina which can lead to retinal detachment and the need for emergency surgery. Floaters or black spots usually accompanies this. Other causes include migraine and inflammation of the eye. ...Read more

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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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I keep getting lots of flashing particals in my vision sometimes theres not many sometimes theres loads and other times its like shooting stars 50% of the after these random burts I get a really bad headache others a hot flushes and bad dizzyness with ri

I keep getting lots of flashing particals in my vision sometimes theres not many sometimes theres loads and other times its like shooting stars 50% of the after these random burts I get a really bad  headache others a hot flushes and bad dizzyness with ri

Migraine headache: Your description sounds like migraine headaches but you need to have a complete eye exam to make sure everything with eye is ok. Flashing lights can be a sign of retinal disease so a dilated exam is needed as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How can we distinguish scintillations and flashes in vision?

How can we distinguish scintillations and flashes in vision?

Flashes due to a : To a retinal tear can be isolated to one eye. On the other hand, a scintillating scotoma lateralizes to one side equally in both eyes. This is due to the location of the vessels in the brain that are affected. This is sometimes called a homonymous field defect. While a flash can appear like a bright light, a scintillating scotoma results in partial loss of sensory perception in both eyes. ...Read more

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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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I see random shapes of light in my vision. What could it be?

Migraine: If temporary experience, a common cause is migraine with or without headaches first. Good to have an eye exam to be sure no other conditions exist. If it's more like flashes of light, it could be changes in the gel of the eye and needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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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

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