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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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I see flashes of light or beams of white light in my side vision there is no pain should I see a doctor?

I see flashes of light or beams of white light in my side vision there is no pain should I see a doctor?

Yes: One might even consider going to the er, especially if this is of sudden onset. Possible causes with those symptoms include retinal detachment (which is an urgent problem) or ocular migraine (not so urgent). ...Read more

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I had PRK 3 wks ago. I was a -8.50 and -7.50. occasionally I see flashes of light and increase of blurry vision? Is this normal?

I had PRK 3 wks ago. I was a -8.50 and -7.50. occasionally I see flashes of light and increase of blurry vision? Is this normal?

See EYE doctor: Unless you are on some medication, see your family physician 7 he may refer to Eye doctor or Neurologist
for visual problems. ...Read more

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4 days ago I was hit in the eye by a bunge cord. The next day I began to see flashes of light. An eye dr did test and said he didn't see any tears. I am still seeing flashes and it aches. What next?

4 days ago I was hit in the eye by a bunge cord. The next day I began to see flashes of light. An eye dr did test and said he didn't see any tears. I am still seeing flashes and it aches. What next?

See Ophthalmologist: Blunt trauma to the eye can result in inflammation in the eye as well as damage to other structures. Persistent flashing lights are a symptom suggesting that the vitreous gel is pulling on the retina meaning there could be a tear or detachment present. You should see an ophthalmologist for this concern as well as for annual screens for Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) toxicity since you on that drug. ...Read more

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My right eye feels cloudy and sometimes I see flashes of light. Should I see doctor or keep working?

See a doctor: Flashes of light can be a sign of a tear or hole in the retina which may need treatment. See and eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What are flashes of light in the vision at night and how do you describe it or how do you see them?

Flashes: Flashes are most commonly seen with migraines and with retinal traction. If you are experiencing flashes, you should see your eye doctor in order to make sure there is no retinal hole or tear causing them. ...Read more

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Are controllable, predictable flashes of light in vision usually benign? Like every time I look up quickly in dark, I see a small flash at the bottom.

Are controllable, predictable flashes of light in vision usually benign? Like every time I look up quickly in dark, I see a small flash at the bottom.

Not always!: Posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous (jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". When it pulls away (initially tugs), it causes flashes. You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. ...Read more

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What are causes of flashes of light in vision during headaches?

Migraines: Migraine disorders often exhibit severe head pain accompanied by visual symptoms including sensitivity to light and flashes of lights. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with flashes of light?

Sometimes: The retina has only nerves of vision - so when stimulated in any way, sees light flashes. This is most commonly due to age related changes in the fluids of the eye but can be one symptoms of retinal detachment. If persistent, and you also have a lot of floaters, or the vision becomes changed, see your eye doctor right away. ...Read more

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What are the flashes of light in my eyes that I see in dark room?

Flashing lights: Flashing lights in the eyes with the lights out cound be a sign of retinal issues (tears, breaks, or detachment), migraine headache related, or other issues. You need to see an eye doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do I see recurring flashes of light in front of my eyes?

Why do I see recurring flashes of light in front of my eyes?

Your symptoms can be: One or two separate issues. Flashes of light seen in a dark room may be due to vitreous pulling the retina causing retinal traction, tears, breaks or even detachments and should be evaluated. Lights seen in a zig-zag fashion may be from visual aura known as a 'scintillating scotoma" and is associated with a variation of migraine headaches. This as well can be evaluated by your Ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with flashes of light to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with flashes of light to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Don't wait: Don't wait any longer, can be a sign of serious and irreversible eye problems, the sooner you go the better are chances to fix the problem. ...Read more

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What besides a retinal tear would cause bright flashes of light in the corners of the eyes?

What besides a retinal tear would cause bright flashes of light in the corners of the eyes?

See below: Floaters, flashing lights, or part of the peripheral vision missing (like a curtain or veil obscuring your vision) indicates the need for an urgent dilated retinal examination to rule out retinal tear or detachment. It could also be an ocular migraine, posterior vitreous detachment, retinitis, or tumor. Get it checked. ...Read more

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I've been feeling more tired and have some flashes of light. When should I see the doctor?

I've been feeling more tired and have some flashes of light. When should I see the doctor?

Soon: Feeling tired and seeing flashes may or may not be related. Anytime you see new flashes, you should be seen by an ophthalmologist within a couple of days. ...Read more

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I've been getting pain and pressure in both eyes. Last night I started seeing flashes of light and it was difficult to see. My eyes feel dry.

I've been getting pain and pressure in both eyes. Last night I started seeing flashes of light and it was difficult to see. My eyes feel dry.

Sinus disease?: Sinus congestion commonly causes pain behind both eyes and may be treated by OTC Flonase or decongestants like Sudafed as long as your blood pressure is under control. The flashes may be ocular migraine if in both eyes and not accompanied by headache. If your vision loss was profound, it is definitely time to see an ophthalmologist! ...Read more

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When my eyes are closed I see black shadows moving together and then apart from each other with intermittent flashes of light in-between. Serious?

Normal: The eye and brain do not like to have a pattern of incoming information interrupted. When you close your eyes, the signal diminishes substantially and your normally active eye and brain send internal patterns and signals to compensate. Don't worry about this and enjoy the show. ...Read more

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For a week, when I close my eyes to sleep, I have bright white flashes of light. The room is completely dark but my eyes see bright light when closed.

For a week, when I close my eyes to sleep, I have bright white flashes of light. The room is completely dark but my eyes see bright light when closed.

Flashing lights: In visual field indicates a need for you to see your opthalmogist (eye doc) ASAP. It MAY be a retina that is detaching or it may be more minor. Either way be safe. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes flashes of light in your eyes and once in a while dizziness. This has been occurring to my husband for a week or more, should he be concerned (he is working out of town)

What causes flashes of light in your eyes and once in a while dizziness. This has been occurring to my husband for a week or more, should he be concerned (he is working out of town)

Vitreous: This the classic symptoms of a vitreous detachment. The flashing lights are the tugging on the retina. He should have his eyes looked at soon. There is a small chance of this causing a retinal detachment later. ...Read more

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What can cause occasional flashes of light that run down my eye?

? ocular migraine: Consider ocular migraine events, but also, might wonder about early vitreous or retinal detachment. See your ophthalmologist ...Read more