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Flashing, floaters, "light residue"

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  • Posted By: DeliciousCake
  • October 25, 2008
  • 00:49 AM

I'm having lots of visual problems right now. I've seen an optometrist last month and he said it was because one of my eyes was set slightly above the other and that it was straining my eyes. I've been wearing corrective glasses for a month and it's only gotten worse. I get floaters often, I'll have little "blips" of blue light for no reason at times, when I look at even a tiny light or something oddly color it leaves a lot of 'residue' or 'burn-in' when I shut it (I can see a sort of photo negative of the light or color when I close my eyes. What's the term for that?), I've had at least 2 or 3 "eye migraines" where my peripheral vision flashes like CRAZY and I lose a lot of my sight, and lights have bright lines coming off them (like the effect that happens when you take a picture of a strong light with a camera, those streaks of light). My computer screen is incredibly dimmed and I am still having trouble looking at it for more than a few minutes at a time.

Is there more than just what's been told to my by the doc? Or is this normal?

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  • I'm having lots of visual problems right now. I've seen an optometrist last month and he said it was because one of my eyes was set slightly above the other and that it was straining my eyes. I've been wearing corrective glasses for a month and it's only gotten worse. I get floaters often, I'll have little "blips" of blue light for no reason at times, when I look at even a tiny light or something oddly color it leaves a lot of 'residue' or 'burn-in' when I shut it (I can see a sort of photo negative of the light or color when I close my eyes. What's the term for that?), I've had at least 2 or 3 "eye migraines" where my peripheral vision flashes like CRAZY and I lose a lot of my sight, and lights have bright lines coming off them (like the effect that happens when you take a picture of a strong light with a camera, those streaks of light). My computer screen is incredibly dimmed and I am still having trouble looking at it for more than a few minutes at a time. Is there more than just what's been told to my by the doc? Or is this normal? Go see an Opthamologist and not optometrists.
    medstudent55 7 Replies
    • October 25, 2008
    • 01:05 AM
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  • i have the same problems i think it happened to me cuz i played to much video game it also says it on video game guide book first page and went to the doctors and they thought i was crazy and i went the eye doctor as well and came up with nuthing
    jamster 1 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 01:10 PM
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  • I too have floaters and was told that it could be that I am seeing the blood rush through the veins in the back of my eyes because I only see them when I am looking at something white. That does make some sense, since what we see is refracted in the back of the eye and back through the lens......I also have migraines and a lot of the times these floaters that flash and are at times dots or zig zags come on about 30 minutes prior to a migraine. The neurologist calls it an aura and that could possibly be what is going on also. I do get migraines very often. Other people that have these auras are those that have seizures....some that have seizures can smell something that is not around and go into a seizure....auras are different for everybody. Some do not ever have them, while others do. I could be experiencing both and they may not be even intertwined with one another.
    Butterflylove75 5 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 07:32 AM
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  • I'm having lots of visual problems right now. I've seen an optometrist last month and he said it was because one of my eyes was set slightly above the other and that it was straining my eyes. I've been wearing corrective glasses for a month and it's only gotten worse. I get floaters often, I'll have little "blips" of blue light for no reason at times, when I look at even a tiny light or something oddly color it leaves a lot of 'residue' or 'burn-in' when I shut it (I can see a sort of photo negative of the light or color when I close my eyes. What's the term for that?), I've had at least 2 or 3 "eye migraines" where my peripheral vision flashes like CRAZY and I lose a lot of my sight, and lights have bright lines coming off them (like the effect that happens when you take a picture of a strong light with a camera, those streaks of light). My computer screen is incredibly dimmed and I am still having trouble looking at it for more than a few minutes at a time. Is there more than just what's been told to my by the doc? Or is this normal? Hi DeliciousCake, I've had very similar things happen to me. Firstly, I get occasional floaters but I think this is fairly normal. Secondly, I also have points of blue light that randomly appear in peripheral vision that only last for a second or so. I remember the first time this happened when I was very young - perhaps 8 or 10 years old. But then it didn't happen again until the last few months. Now I get them every couple of days, sometimes once or twice, sometimes more. Sometimes it is not a point of blue light as such, but reflective surfaces of objects in my peripheral vision seem to be coloured blue or purple slightly. When I look at them in central vision, the blue colour goes away. About six months ago, I had an optical migraine very similar to the one you descrive above - I lost sight in one eye for a about 5 minutes and had other visual disturbances including the zig zag lines in peripheral vision for about half an hour (very scary!). The opthalmologist said it was optical migraine caused by a previous whiplash/severe headache. Anyway, I suspect that this migraine may have triggered the blue flashes thing but I'm not sure. Thirdly, I also get the 'burn in' (called visual afterimage). Afterimage is normal but it seems to have gotten more severe after the migraine, or at least, I don't have to look very long at colours to get afterimages. Perhaps this is the same for you? I don't find it difficult to look at the computer screen but I do spend alot of time looking at a computer screen so this may have something to do with it. Anyway, I haven't seen anybody about the blue flashes thing (yet) but I thought I would just post a message because my symptoms are very similar to yours. CheersDave
    DaveSmith 1 Replies
    • February 24, 2009
    • 04:57 PM
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  • Me too everybody. I've always suffered from migraines and in the last couple of years I started seeing the floaters and flashes of tiny circles of white light and small black dots. This is scary because you feel at some point you're going to lose your vision. I wear my glasses often as well. A Dr. told me the floaters are caused by a part of the eye producing too much protein and it breaks off into little squiggly pieces that you can see in the daylight and on walls. Anyway, they are extremely annoying and I understand what everyone's talking about. But do the flashes mean something bad? He also told me that if at any time you see a lot more floaters you should see the doc because part of your eye, maybe the retina, can tear apart.Slone
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