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Do you have any floating spots, dots, or cobwebs in your vision?
some floaters on occasion but not alot
When you get these flashes, are they instantaneous in duration or do they last several minutes?
maybe like a second
Have you had any surgery or trauma to either eye? Are you nearsighted?
no surgery and not that i know of im on the computer all day long too
Any headaches with these?
in the back of the head mostly is real tense
Flashing lights can be due to traction on the retina from the vitreous jelly (occupies most of the volume of the back of the eye and is connected to the retina). Your floating spots that tend to follow your eye movements, floating behind and then catching up to the same position they occupied before then your symptoms sound consistent with what are called vitreous floaters. These floating spots or "bugs" or cobwebs (they can come in many shapes and sizes) as some people call them, are tiny pieces of the vitreous jelly that occupies a large amount of the volume of the back of the eye. This vitreous jelly, when we're born, is the consistency of a jello jiggler (thick jello). As we age it liquifies and becomes more fibrous bands and water. Because of this liquification and the resultant fibrous bands that are left, there becomes more points of traction that the jelly exerts on the back of the eye where it is attached. As we move our eyes in different directions and as our pupils change shape, or even as we rub our eyes, some of these bands can become unattached from the back of the eye and a piece of it floats around, attached still to the rest of the jelly. It is this traction of the vitreous jelly on the retina that can produce flashes that you may see. These flashes tend to be small, like starbursts and are usually intermittent; they can also appear as an arcing light. One of the most important things to understand about floaters is that the process of a new floater happening can rarely lead to a retinal detachment, so it is important to know the 4 signs of a possible retinal detachment. These are: 1. sudden increase in or new floaters, 2. flashing or arcing lights that are persistent and not going away, 3. a shade/shadow/spot in your vision that you can't see light through, or 4. a large drop in your vision which doesn't improve after a few minutes. For any of these symptoms you must see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. I would recommend doing your best to see your ophthalmologist as soon as you can and if any of these four signs I described above happens then you need to see one emergently.
ok thanks do you think it is dangerous
I don't think it is dangerous, but just something that needs a good exam to make sure nothing's happening wrong with the retina. Many people have these and have nothing wrong and nothing bad happening to the retina because of it.
ok could it be from another disease or something
Almost never is it from a disease, but rarely it can due to optic nerve problems or rare retina problems.
thats what i thought it might be optical headaches since the back of my head is always hurting
I think the way you've described them, these are flashes from retinal traction and floaters, but certainly flashing from migraines is something that is to be considered. However, your history is very classic for flashes from retinal traction.
ok thank you i was really worried i guess i have anxiety too lol i was thinking it was fro plaque build up or something
I can certainly understand the worrying, I tend to do that to. I think after you have a thorough, dilated eye exam by your ophthalmologist you'll be able to stop the worrying as most people end up being just fine.
ok thank you for your help
You're welcome. Do you have any other questions about this that I can help you with?
im guessing thats all oh one thing can you get migranes without having a family history
Yes, you certainly can, but it's less common.
ok thanks im through now :)
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