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Weird eyesight problem
MrNat87 posted:
I have begun to have bouts of this strange eye problem, in which a strange flowering pattern of lines will flash rapidly in the lower left of my field of vision and while I can still see objects, I see them in the "wrong" place. For example, if I see a chair and try to reach and touch it during these episodes, my hand will pass through it and the chair will end up being a foot or so in another direction. I wear powerful prescription glasses for Astigmatism,, but they haven't been changed recently, nor do I take any medication. I've had this happen about three times in the past couple days, always in my house, fortunately. Any idea what this might be?
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
If a person came into our office with these symptoms we would get more information including age, whether the "pattern" is seen in one eye or both, whether the symptom disappears completely between episodes, and whether a headache is associated with these symptoms.

It sounds more "neurological" than it does something caused within the eye. i.e. sounds more like a migraine than it does like the flashing lights associated with a retinal tear or retinal detachment.

That being said, an expedited visit to the ophthalmologist is a good idea. This exam may be normal and you may be referred to a neurologist afterwards to for the work-up of a new migraine like symptoms.

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