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lines out the right peripheral vision of my right eye..sensation..head

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Just about a hour ago as I was at my office I suddenly started seeing bright, wavy, moving lines out the right peripheral vision of my right eye. I am also feeling a slight pressure sensation on the right side of my head. I am not having any pain but do feel the pressure. The wavy lines got fairly intense for a few minutes but then went away. They lasted for maybe 15 - 20 minutes, but even though they are gone right now I am still feeling some pressure on my right side of my face. This is the first time this has ever happened. I am a white male, 53 years old and wear glasses. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 8 years ago.
Hi nblackwell,

There are several possibilities from what you've described. Floaters inside the eyes are normal, but new floaters can be an indication of problems with the retina (such as a new tear or hole). These floaters can look like wavy lines or fibers and move when your eyes move. Patient generally notice them most of the time and can make them reappear.

Sometimes, these wavy lines can be flashes of light. These are due stimulation of the retina by the gel that is within your eye. A posterior vitreous detachment can cause this, which is the gel within your eye pulling away from the retina.

Another possiblity could be an ocular migraine. These wavy lights tend start in a zig-zag pattern and enlarge, then go away over the course of 30 minutes.

With your symptoms, you should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist for a dilated eye exam to check for any problems with the retina.

I wish you well.

Dr. Khu
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX I will make an appointment with my opthamologist tomorrow morning.

Best regards XXXXX XXXXX

Norm Blackwell
Expert:  Dr. James replied 8 years ago.
You're welcome.