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Last night my husband (61 yrs) saw a bright light in his

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Last night my husband (61 yrs) saw a bright light in his right eye. It lasted for a while, the flashing when he blinked. Today he has a slight headache and doesn't feel well. What could this be?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.
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Your husband's symptoms sound consistent with a migraine headache. A typical migraine headache starts with these shimmering or flashing 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. 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.

If you have any question or concern about the diagnosis, however, your GP is a good person to see to get the second opinion. Ultimately, neurologists end up treating migraines a lot, but most GPs can do this too.

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Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.

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Hello and thanks for your question.

Your husband's symptoms sound consistent with a migraine headache. A typical migraine headache starts with these shimmering or flashing 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. 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.

If you have any question or concern about the diagnosis, however, your GP is a good person to see to get the second opinion. Ultimately, neurologists end up treating migraines a lot, but most GPs can do this too.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
The last migraine my husband had was 42 years ago. The symptoms he described did not turn into a migraine. It is unusual for him to have a headache. This is just slight headache and he feels tired. Could this be from dehydration? He worked outside cleaning pools (5) for our business with temps above 105?
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.

it is not uncommon for a person who has had migraines in the distant past and not any for many years, to begin to have them again and many times they change in character, severity, and frequency when they come back. The symptoms your husband is having do seem consistent with migraines.

However, the flashing lights may also be consistent with retinal traction. Does he have floating things in his vision, and if so, are they new? Has his vision overall changed?