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What does it indicate if i experience small whirling cirlces

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What does it indicate if i experience small whirling cirlces in front of my eyes, frequently?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Chan replied 7 years ago.



How long do they last? Do you see flashing lights? Do you get a headache with it? What medications do you take? What other medical conditions do you have?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
They last about 5 minutes when they occur., usually when I getup in the a.m. There are no flashing lights, or headache assiocated with them. I take Diovan 40 mg qd, Amlodepine Bestlate 5 mg qd, Aciphex 20 mg qd, Levothyroxine 150 mcg qd, Teklurna 300mg qd, and also a multivitmin and calciium 600 mg with vitamin D bid.
Expert:  Dr. Chan replied 7 years ago.



There are two common causes of these symptoms:


One are floaters. There is a gel inside of your eyes. As you age, the gel breaks up into little pieces and float around. Sometimes, you can see flashing lights along with them, but usually not. They are harmless, but can be annoying. Eventually, they settle down and you don't see them all the time.


The second is ocular migraines. People with ocular migraines often see visual disturbances. Some lose part of their vision (like in a stroke) temporarily. Sometimes, this is followed by a headache. These are caused by the same pathology that causes migraine headaches; and they are treated the same way.


Hope this helps and thank you.

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