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There is no need to worry. You will be OK.
Are you available to chat?
Yes, hello, Dr. Rick
What's going on now...how have things changed?
I've never had this happen to my eye before. I began reading online, which is probably bad, and became afraid that it was a detached retina or something.
No, it's still happening but less frequently
I am a retina surgeon....and I do not believe you are having a retinal detachment.
Were you seeing a shimmering light or flashes of light like a thunder storm?
Also, have you noticed any floaters?
It's more like I'm seeing a light out of the corner of my eye in places where there aren't any lights -- like on walls. And then it's gone.
Are you still there?
I'm not clear on what floaters are
Also, I believe my eye is twitching a little
looks like little bugs moving around in your vision...
No, I don't have those
twitching is nothing to worry about.
There is blackness around the light
Do not believe what Dr. Google told you: You are not having a retinal detachment.
From what you have posted I am pretty sure you are experiencing your first visual migraine aura :(
Oh, good, that makes me feel better. I've always been a little worried about this eye since it was weaker than the other one after PRK.
Let me tell you a little bit about this:
Oh no :(
What you are describing is consistent with ocular migraines, a condition that I not only treat in my office but that I have been dealing with personally for decades.
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.
I, personally, have been suffering from this condition for almost 30 years. I almost never got the headaches after the visual effects.
There was one time, I was in the middle of a very delicate retina operation, when an attack started. After a few moments I lost most of my central vision and the inferior part of my visual field. I, calmly, removed my surgical instruments from the patients eye and we all sat around in the OR for 15 minutes until my vision returned. Other than that my ocular migraines have not really caused me any significant problems :o)
I get them all the time...scary but not anything to worry about.
Does this make sense to you?
Do you have any other questions for me?
Oh my goodness - your story sounds scary! I usually get basilar migraines -- where I get dizzy beforehand
so it is possible that I may not get a headache following this episode?
That it may just be the visual part?
You might....or you might not. I used to get a headache a lot after the visual aura's when I was in my 20's, less so in my 30's and almost never now.
Pregnancy and menopause tend to make the headaches less frequent in females.....
Thank you so much for your help!
Have a good evening.
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