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what could be causing kaliedoscope vision in one eye, experienced

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what could be causing kaliedoscope vision in one eye, experienced it twice now, lasts about 1 hour?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

It sounds like you are suffering an ocular migraine

Dr. Rick :

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.


 

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

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Hi. Welcome to chat.

Customer:

no, i have no headache with this vision when it happens?

Dr. Rick :

It is very common not to get a headache. I have, personally, had this condition for decades and I bet I only get a headache every one in 50 times I get the kaleidoscope thing

Dr. Rick :

This is nothing to worry about

Dr. Rick :

still there?

Customer:

even though I have no other symptoms you have explained ie nauseau ect? It feels like my eye wants to bulge outward and only seemed to be on the one side of my vision?

Customer:

even though i do not have nausea or any other symptons with it? It feels like my eye wants to bulge out and seems to only be on the one side of my vision

Customer:

even though i did not experience nausea, or any other syptom given. It feels like my eye wants to bulge out and seems as if it if only on the one side of my vision

Dr. Rick :

That is the way it acts.....can it be due to other conditions? Of course, but 99 times out of a hundred cases it is just an acephalgic migraine (without headache). The chances of you having a serious problem with these symptoms (everyone thinks it is a brain tumor) is extremely small.

Dr. Rick :

If you are worried a visit to an ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam will rule out the other, very rare, causes of your symptoms.

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