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I have been seeing yellow lines everywhere. Especially on white

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I have been seeing yellow lines everywhere. Especially on white surfaces.It does"nt happen all the time but it still worries me. What could cause this?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

Hello and thank you for your question.


Do you notice this phenomenon happening moreso when you've just been looking at a bright light source like a lamp, computer screen or the sunlight?


Do these lines tend to "follow you" when you move your eyes around, as if floating behind your eye movements on a string?



Customer: replied 6 years ago.
They almost always happen when I am under florescent lights.Never at night.
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

Do you ever have any of the following associated with these episodes: headaches, shimmering lights, nausea, sensitivity to bright light and/or loud noises?



Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.

Fluorescent lighting, for some people, tends to be a visual bee-in-a-bonnet. For some it can trigger migraines, for others it can cause them to be light sensitive.


It sounds as though you are experiencing the after-effects of looking at fluorescent lighting, much like you might continue to see a bright image after you've been looking at it for a little bit and then closing your eyes.


These lines, in and of themselves, are usually not concerning. If you start to notice flashing or shimmering lights, get headaches, or have changes in vision, these are reasons to see your eye doctor.


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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I did just get a computer for the first time and I have been on it a lot.Could this be a cause. I also have fibromyalgia and I heard it gives you vison problems.
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 6 years ago.
Yes, spending a long time on the computer can definitely lead to this. The fibromyalgia is likely not significantly at play here. I suspect the computer is to blame. I would recommend just taking more frequent breaks while working at the computer.
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