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What you have been experiencing is called an ocular migraine.
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.
Does this make sense to you?
This sounds like what I am experiencing.
Thyis sounds like what I am experiencing.
This sounds like what I am experiencing, is there anything I need to be concerned with if this increases
No. It is not a sign of anything terrible even if they are more frequent. As I stated above you can talk to your internal medicine MD if they are so frequent that it is becoming a problem.
I've had this myself for almost 30 years and the frequency changes from time to time and I've never figured out why. So not to worry....
Is this in any way a symptom of a detached retina?
I am a retina specialist and I can promise you that your symptoms are not suggestive of a retinal detachment :o)
I would bet that the "eye doctor" you told about this 16 months ago was an optometrist......
I only asked that as there is no history of migraines in the family but my mother has a detached retina?? Thank you
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