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I am seeing spots. what is the cause?

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i am seeing green spots. what is the cause?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 8 years ago.
How long has this been going on? How is the vision? any headache? describe the event better please?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
it just started today.. its lasted for several hours... with a headache
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 8 years ago.

Hello there

I see patients with similar symptoms quite often. Folks often describe a bright or colorful pattern (sometimes wavy or zigzag in nature) and it can be in one eye and moves to the other, sometimes affecting the central vision. Sometimes there is a headache following this as well. This is called an ophthalmic migraine. The names can be confusing. Think of it this way:

only the visual symptoms - no headache = ophthalmic migraine (also known as ocular migraine).

Headache by itself may be a migraine - usually has no visual symptoms

headache with an aura is called a classic migraine (headache with some peculiar visual warning / episode prior to headache)

Ophthalmic migraine is a visual phenomenon and is benign and requires no treatment, except for more rest, less stress, etc. Sometimes caffeine can help shorten the episode. You should be seen to make sure there is nothing else going on but it can be tomorrow or even early next week. I hope this helps answer your question, if not, just let me know, Regards

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