Eye

Ask an Eye Doctor and Get an Answer ASAP

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Eye
This answer was rated:

What can cause light flashes in your eyes? Just received a

text from my daughter and...
What can cause light flashes in your eyes? Just received a text from my daughter and she said she had what was like light strobes in her eyes for 30 minutes and her eyes hurt.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Eye Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
9/10/2011
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 11,657
Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
Verified
Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

The most a common cause of flashes of light like you daughter has described, in a young and otherwise healthy young woman, followed by discomfort, is an ocular migraine.

Dr. Rick :

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.


Dr. Rick :

Hi. Welcome to chat.

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Customer:

Is there anything she can do to prevent them? Is it caused by eye fatigue or the need for glasses? She has a stigmatism but other than that has perfect vision.

Customer:

Has your answer been sent to my e-mail so I can forward to her?

Dr. Rick :

No. It is not caused by need for glasses or eye fatigue. I've personally suffered from this issue since I was in my 20's and found that chugging a pepsi (for the caffeine content) usually nips mine in the bud. Also her doctor can give her medicine to take on the first sign of the flashing lights that can, many times stop it. If these events become so frequent as to make her daily life miserable then she can take medicine on a daily basis to decrease the frequency of the events.

Dr. Rick :

No. This is not sent to your email, however, you can right click, hit copy all, then open a word processor program, hit paste. You then can save, print or email this like any text document.

Dr. Rick :

My first event like your daughters happened at about her same age.....

Dr. Rick :

And, now, the obligatory word from our sponsors: :o)

I hope that this information was helpful for you. Please, allow me get credit for my time and effort in assisting you and press the ACCEPT button for this assist. I will be glad to answer additional questions until you are satisfied. Thank you very much.

Positive Feedback and/or Bonus is welcomed and appreciated.


Customer:

Thanks very much. That is reassuring.

Dr. Rick :

My pleasure. Give my best to your daughter and tell her not to woory

Dr. Rick :

worry....

Ask Your Own Eye Question
Let me know if there are there any other concerns or issues you would like to discuss on this topic.
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 11,657
Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
Verified
Dr. Rick and 87 other Eye Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Dr. Rick Your Own Question
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
Category: Eye
Satisfied Customers: 11,657
11,657 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest

Dr. Rick is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Dan B.

Dr. Dan B.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

3,334 satisfied customers

Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology

Dr. Stan

Dr. Stan

Ophthalmologist

905 satisfied customers

Johns Hopkins Fellowship Trained, Certified and Licensed Medical Physician and Surgeon

Dr. Stevens

Dr. Stevens

Ophthalmologist

629 satisfied customers

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

Dr. Susan

Dr. Susan

Ophthalmologist

217 satisfied customers

Board Certified & Fellowship trained eye surgeon.

Dr. JP

Dr. JP

Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery

28 satisfied customers

Harvard Medical School, Massachussetts Eye and Ear

Dr-Trace

Dr-Trace

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

26 satisfied customers

Board Certified in General Ophthalmology

Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz

Dr. Daniel Jewelewicz

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

11 satisfied customers

Glaucoma Specialist, Associate Professor FAU, Teaching Faculty Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

< Previous | Next >

Related Eye Questions
I have a prescription for glasses. They say I have 20/25
I have a prescription for glasses. They say I have 20/25 vision. my OD sphere 0.00 cyl -0.25 axis 100 OS sphere +.025 cyl -1.00 axis 060. Do I need glasses? … read more
Dr. A.S. Desai
Dr. A.S. Desai
Board certified general ophthalmologist
Master\u0027s Degree
1,570 satisfied customers
What is ocular migraine and what can be done to prevent. No
What is ocular migraine and what can be done to prevent … read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,677 satisfied customers
I am getting a flash of light in my right eye when I turn
Hello,I am getting a flash of light in my right eye when I turn the eyes right and left and up and down Canyou advise please David … read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,657 satisfied customers
Recently had an eye exam & new glasses, however just started
Recently had an eye exam & new glasses, however just started with having a type of cobweb, or occasional feeling of some obstruction or as if something is in the right eye. But no particles there, wha… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,657 satisfied customers
I see through cracked glass only in the morning goes away
I see through cracked glass only in the morning goes away after a short while is that a retnal detachment … read more
Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav Gupta
MD, CEO
Post-Doctoral Degree
22 satisfied customers
The last time I got glasses my doctor said I have the
The last time I got glasses my doctor said I have the beginnings of cataracts. He said it won't affect me for a while. I'm wondering if lasic eye correction would help with that. Let me know if this i… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,657 satisfied customers
Trying to determine if I can have a glass of wine this
Trying to determine if I can have a glass of wine this evening? Had cataract surgery early this morning... … read more
Dr.Saleem
Dr.Saleem
Consultant Cardiologist
Doctoral Degree
764 satisfied customers
I am seeing flashes of light in my peripheral vision on the
I am seeing flashes of light in my peripheral vision on the left side starting this evening. No pain. I am 59 years old. Mom has a hx detached retina. Can this wait until morning, should I go to the E… read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,982 satisfied customers
I went to get a glasses prescription filled at Costco. The
I went to get a glasses prescription filled at Costco. The optician there measured my PD at 30.0 (right eye) and 30.0 (left eye). The following week I went to my eye doctor to have them verify the pre… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,657 satisfied customers
Occasionally I would have a migraine, and then see zig zag
Occasionally I would have a migraine, and then see zig zag lines before the headache starts. Today, I suddenly saw which appeared as the letter C, it lasted 5 mins. and went away, with no headache tha… read more
Dr.Saleem
Dr.Saleem
Consultant Cardiologist
Doctoral Degree
764 satisfied customers
Just received my new progressive lense glasses. I have been
Just received my new progressive lense glasses . I have been wearing progressive lenses for over 20 years wo any problem. The frames were always!!! Set at the top of my nose bridge with frames tight s… read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,657 satisfied customers
I need my eye glass prescription that I had done at a school
I need my eye glass prescription that I had done at a school out of my current state, but they refuse to give me the numbers over the phone … read more
Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love
Doctoral Degree
10,394 satisfied customers
I've had very bad migraines for about 5 years now, maybe
I've had very bad migraines for about 5 years now, maybe once a month. And every time they happen it's like lights in the perifial(so?) of my vision. They don't flash or anything it's just there and k… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,677 satisfied customers
I am seeing flashes of light in both eyes ..sometimes in
I am seeing flashes of light in both eyes ..sometimes in streaks ..some seem circular...also my left eye at times blurs and then clears again..is this serious? … read more
Dr. A.S. Desai
Dr. A.S. Desai
Board certified general ophthalmologist
Master\u0027s Degree
1,570 satisfied customers
I see flashes of light from my left eye. Is this a problem?
I see flashes of light from my left eye. Is this a problem? … read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,982 satisfied customers
I was seeing flashes of light in my left eye peripheral
I was seeing flashes of light in my left eye peripheral vision this morning. It happened when I moved my eye. Now no flashes, but I have a spot in my vision - kind of like a floater, but larger and it… read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
12,982 satisfied customers
When I move my head side to up and down flash of light
When I move my head side to up and down flash of light around eye have headache over eye stiff neck on fight side … read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,657 satisfied customers
Two hours ago I suddenly noticed some flashes of light when
Two hours ago I suddenly noticed some flashes of light when I turned my eyes to the side a considerable distance. No warning or trauma. I drove home and got busy with a project for awhile without any … read more
Dr. Rick
Dr. Rick
Board Certified MD
11,657 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x