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eyes that i could still see when eye s shut , i took some deep breaths

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i have just had a semi circle of flashin lights in both of eyes that i could still see when eye s shut , i took some deep breaths like i read and it s seem s to have worked , what happen to me was very scary
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.

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It sounds like you are suffering from an ocular migraine.

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A typical migraine headache starts with shimmering lights, often times they surround a blurry area or have dots or jaggedly lines associated with them. They tend to progressively increase in intensity and sometimes march across the visual field causing difficulty with reading. Many times this is then accompanied by nausea, irritability, sensitivity to bright lights and/or loud noises. After the onset of the lights (called scintillating scotomas), the headache typically starts and the light show tends to progressively go away.


Many people can have this migraine phenomenon without the headache; it is called an acephalgic migraine. Some people even start having these late in life, or may have had a few much earlier in life that behaved differently and haven't had any for decades and then begin to have them; this is not uncommon. A family history of migraines is often present as well.


This is nothing to worry about. It is not a sign of a more serious underlying condition, brain tumor or anything like that. If the episodes become so frequent that they are bothersome there are medicines that can be used to decrease their frequency or stop an episode once it has started.


 

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I guess you have stepped away from your computer....or the chat system is acting up.

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Let me know if there is anything else I can tell you about this condition.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
can u see those lights with eye s shut like i did , i have never had amigraine before but i do have a headache
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Yes. That is because the images are coming from the visual cortex of your brain and not your eyes themselves. Like I said above, this is nothing to be afraid of. I, personally, have had them off and on for 25 years and am still kicking :)
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