Flashing lights in my peripheral vision

Posted by sunshinesmom @sunshinesmom, Jun 27 10:40pm

Hi,
I've been seeing flashing lights in my peripheral vision that appear to spin. I saw an eye dr who said my retinas are fine but that at some point I can expect the lights/spinning flashing white spots will stay there permanently. I've spoken to other people who confirm that they were told the same thing.
Is there anything that I can do to slow this progression?

I started with the flashing lights and sometimes a kaleidoscope effect in one eye about two years ago. I am in my 60's. Episodes tend to be shortlived but since April, the frequency of attacks has increased along with a trail of floaters in the periphery. Opthalmologist diagnosis: ocular or retinal migraine. Sometimes headachy. No retinal detachment. Vitreous gel breaking off. Just to be 100 % sure, appointment referral made to retinal opthalmologist. And if what general opthalmologist thinks not much you can do except stop worrying.

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I have had silent ocular migraines most of my life and they are not as you describe. They consist of zigzagging bright lines that move across my entire field of vision. It seems the flashes you are experiencing are due to an ongoing posterior vitreous detachment. PVDs can take a long time to finalize. In the interim, fibril attachments can continue to tug at the retina, which causes the light flashes. This can cause a retinal detachment or tear, but often doesn't. You can avoid large or sudden head movements until those remaining fibril attachments break off on their own and the light flashes subside. It can take a long time. If there is a sudden new increase in floaters, you should promptly have another retinal exam. I hope this helps!

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@pacer3702

Great advice about the sudden head movements .
I had a retinal detachment with no migraines, flashing lights or floaters.
The only problem I developed was a smudge in my vision like a dirty lens…it was a stationary floater
Went to my regular opthamologist and he immediately scheduled an emergency appointment with a retina specialist.
Told him I experienced a fall, on my rump, down our cellar steps which shook up my head. Dont know if that was a contributing factor. I had the surgery 3 days after my regular opthamologist saw me…both wonderful men…and prevented further damage.
So routine regular exams are vital especially if there are any symptoms like flashes of light.

FL Mary
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If and when this becomes permanent, can't anything be done ?

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This article may be of interest to people in this discussion.
– Why Are You Seeing Flashes of Light in the Corner of Your Eye? https://www.healthline.com/health/flashes-of-light-in-corner-of-eye

@sunshinesmom, did your eye doctor tell you what condition you may have?

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@colleenyoung

This article may be of interest to people in this discussion.
– Why Are You Seeing Flashes of Light in the Corner of Your Eye? https://www.healthline.com/health/flashes-of-light-in-corner-of-eye

@sunshinesmom, did your eye doctor tell you what condition you may have?

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No.She didn't name it. I asked and her response was that it happens with age and will eventually become permanent. I have an appointment with another eye dr.

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@eastiegirl

If and when this becomes permanent, can't anything be done ?

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According to her, No.

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