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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?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Retinal exam

Bilateral flashes is rarely a retinal detachment.
Unilateral flashes can be a sign of a retinal problem or an aura (diagnosis of exclusion). Best way to differentiate is have a retinal dilated exam to rule out a detachment (usually has flashes, floaters, decreasing vision).

In brief: Retinal exam

Bilateral flashes is rarely a retinal detachment.
Unilateral flashes can be a sign of a retinal problem or an aura (diagnosis of exclusion). Best way to differentiate is have a retinal dilated exam to rule out a detachment (usually has flashes, floaters, decreasing vision).
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