Mom had 2-day migraine, then flashes of light not like her usual aura. How do you tell if aura or retina detachment? When does she go to see doctor?
ASAP. The vast majority of headaches are not life threatening nor are they associated with retinal detachment. Atypical migraines, however, should be investigated by an md. Acute severe migraine headaches described as the " worse headache i've ever had", seizures, difficulty seeing, weakness or other unusual symptoms need immediate medical attention. Consult your md with any concerns.
Neuro and eye doctors: had 2-day migraine, then flashes of light not like usual aura. How do you tell if aura or retina detachment? See which doctor?
Exam. Bilateral symptoms is rarely a retinal detachment. Unilateral flashes can be a sign of a retinal problem (especially in myopes) vs. Aura (usually a more specific fixed peripheral shape). Retinal detachment may have hundreds of new floaters and decreasing vision. See a retina specialist for exam to tell. Read more...