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Why does anxiety cause me to see flashes of light?

Why does anxiety cause me to see flashes of light?

See your doctor: Although anxiety can cause a variety of physical symptoms, flashing lights isn't a common one. It is important to make sure that there isn't a different problem causing the symptoms. High blood pressure, even if worsened by anxiety, needs to be addressed medically and can cause that kind of symptom. Migraines and seizures can do the same. Check with your doctor, it could be more than anxiety. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Could serotonin help with resolving flashes of light? Used to be on anxiety anti depressants got off slow but developed this since. Help maybe?

Flashes of light: need to be evaluated by an eye doctor. Please see one to make sure your retinas are healthy. Please see a mental health professional to help you learn ways to manage your anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes you to see flashes of light even when you close your eyes?

Flashes: Flashes are potentially a sign of a retinal tear or detachment and immediate evaluation is indicated. Other possible causes include intraocular inflammation and stimulation of the retina due to normal aging changes of the vitreous gel in the back of the eye. If you are currently seeing flashes, call an eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can someone see flashes of light caused by moving positions too fast? Would this be a concern if they DON'T happen often? Floaters too.

Can someone see flashes of light caused by moving positions too fast? Would this be a concern if they DON'T happen often? Floaters too.

Yes: Sounds like you may have had a temporary decrease in blood flow to your optic nerve and retina from abrupt alterations in your positioning. I would be worried only if this happens when your not moving around abruptly. I would see a doctor for a depressed exam for the floaters to make sure you don't have a tear. ...Read more

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What causes a person to see light flashes when their eyes are closed?

What causes a person to see light flashes when their eyes are closed?

Light flashes: Your description is worrisome for a retinal problem (such as a retinal tear, break, or detachment). Similar issues can be seen in other disorders (such as migraine headaches, optic nerve pathology, etc) but i would recommend seeing an eye doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Been getting aura headaches often right after i get home from work around the same time i see light flashes in vision then headache what's the cause?

Been getting aura headaches often right after i get home from work around the same time i see light flashes in vision then headache what's the cause?

Migraine : You are describing a typical migraine headache. If you suffer from frequent migraines you should consult a neurologist to be evaluated for triggers and for possible medical prophylaxis ...Read more

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Why do I see flashes of light when I close my eyes?

Why do I see flashes of light when I close my eyes?

Many potential: can be due to disease of the nerve to the eye, i.e. optic neuritis to a problem with the eye chamber itself, such as a detached retine, retinitis pigmentosa... Can also be a migraine phenomenom if brief and associated (followed by ) a headache. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see flashes of light after getting hit in the eye?

Is it normal to see flashes of light after getting hit in the eye?

It can be: Getting hit in the eye can stimulate the optic nerve, similar to how hitting your ulnar nerve in your elbow (your "funny bone") can cause pain and tingling in your fingers. This can result in an immediate sense of flashes of light. If you have any prolonged visual symptoms, you should see a doc right away. ...Read more

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