I have scintillating scotoma. What causes it?

Patience. This is a component of ocular migraine, which has its origination in the occipital lobes of the brain. Most are of short duration although the visual diminution in the center can be very disturbing. Ocular (occipital) migraine is benign, causes no permanent changes and clears with no after effects. If very frequent, you could seek the help of a neurologist but this is uncommon.

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Can scintillating scotoma a symptom of panic, anxiety or hyperventilation? I read panic causes flashing vision?

Panic not a cause. Scintillating scotomas are most commonly caused by cortical spreading depression, a pattern of changes in the behavior of nerves in the brain during a migraine. Panic is not on the list of causes on any source I found. The first sentence is from the wikipedia article on scintillating scotomata. Best wishes to you.

Having episodes of scintillating scotoma when I panic. Doctor gave me Prozac (fluoxetine) and told me it will go away that anxiety is cause it. Is this correct?

Not directly. Your scintillating scotomas need workup. Once MRI and lab results are done most common diagnosis is ophthalmic migraine. Anxiety can trigger migraine but it does not cause it. So if this is ophthalmic migraine it will decrease in number of attacks as the your panic attacks decrease. So indirectly it will decrease or abort the scintillating scotomas. But you must see a neurologist for workup.
Panic Treatment. An opthalmologist will address the scotomas. Regarding panic: cognitive behavior therapy for panic very helpful. Med:talk with your md about slowly increasing ssri dose (1/2 of lowest dose per week) up to highest dose you can tolerate. Anxiety disorders usually need twice the dose (prozac60-120mg)&twice the treatment time (8-12wks) as it does for mood disorders to respond to ssri treatment.
Blind panic. In addition to dr. Cribari's and dr. Sajjadi's excellent answers: scintillating scotomas are the result of electrical activity in the occipital cortex of the brain, usually associated with migraine (with or without headache) but sometimes a lesion. Some people can trigger the occipital cortex directly through a panic attack (blind panic) and may faint. After workup, most likely your meds will work.

What is a scintillating scotoma?

Migraine. A scintillating scotoma occurs with some migraines. It is a distortion of the side vision with a shimmering or wavy effect. The vision in the area of the shimmer is impaired. It is typically in both eyes at the same time, although it can be more prominent in one. It can be stationary or move. Scintillating scotoma are alarming but do not cause long-term vision loss.

What can you do about scintillating scotoma?

Patience. This is a component of ocular migraine, which has its origination in the occipital lobes of the brain. Most are of short duration although the visual diminution in the center can be very disturbing. Ocular (occipital) migraine is benign, causes no permanent changes and clears with no after effects. If very frequent, you could seek the help of a neurologist but this is uncommon.

Has anyone ever treated a scintillating scotoma?

Classical Migraine. Scintillating scotoma usually represents ocular component of migraine. If it occurs preceding a one-sided headache this is classical migraine. Scint. Scot. Has no treatment but the headache that follows can be prevented by intake of couple of cups of regular coffee or cola drinks. Also see your eye md.

I've got scintillating scotoma. What is causing it?

Migraine. Almost always this is due to occipital migraine (the occipital lobe is the portion of the brain which registers the vision). These migraines are usually benign, last several minutes to 2 hours, and are accompanied by greying out areas in one side of each eye surrounded by flashing lights (the scintillating scotomas). These fade with no trace and the eye goes back to normal.

Please tell me what can I do about scintillating scotoma?

Relax and ignore it. A scintillating scotoma is a benign visual disturbance that can be the start of a classic migraine headache, or occur alone as an ophthalmic migraine without any associated headaches. There is no effective treatment for a scintillating scotoma.

What is a scintillating scotoma and what does it indicate?

Ocular migraine. There are three kinds of migraines. Some people see a 10 to 15 minute visual disturbance followed by a headache. This is a classic migraine. Some people only see the visual disturbance without a headache. This is called an ocular or ophthalmic migraine. Please look online to see the typical appearance of a scintillating scotoma.