Has anyone ever had the experience of seeing what appears to be zigzag lightning flashes in either eye? I get these every once in a while and they do go away on their own but can be scary until you realize you are not going blind. I think the scariest thing I had happen to my eyes is to see only half of an image clearly. For example using either eye with the other covered, I could look at an open book and the page on the left side was clear and the page on the right was so blurred I couldn't read it. This is by holding the eye still and not looking at one page and then the other. Anyone else ever had that happen. I was told that it was a happening in the brain and not the eye itself. I went to a neurologist but he found nothing. The condition lasted most of a day.
I have had this happen to me on several occasions and I made an appointment with my eye doctor right away each time. I am female, 52 years old, highly myoptic with a family history of detached retina (mother and aunt).
My eye doctor checked me and told me one time that I had a migrane without the headache, although I did feel rather light headed most of the day. The last time that this happened was about a year ago and my eye doctor checked my eye and found out that my vitreous sac had shrunk and detached inside my eye which is a normal aging process.
Your problem could be one of these 2 situations. I know that it can be alarming when it happens and you should see your eye doctor and have it checked. If it is a detached retina, you need to have it operated on right away. My parents were vacationing in Florida when my mother's retina detached and there was no time to return home to Canada. She had to have emergency surgery in Orlando or she would have lost the sight in that eye.
Hope that there is a simple answer to your problem. I would make and appointment with an eye doctor just to be sure.
The zig-zag 'light' I see is similar to watching a lighted ferris wheel and the light goes around the perimeter of whatever I'm looking at. It is not always too noticible in bright daylight, but when I close my eyes, all I see is dark or course, with the lights revolving. Usually along with this comes blurred vision right in the centre of sight. Not long after this takes place, I get a very bad headache which can last for a day or more, even if I take medication for it.
This phenomenon started about 15 years ago, during a time when I was under a lot of stress at work, plus I had recently been diagnosed as being HIV+. I thought the problem could be related to the strong drugs I was taking for the HIV. The symptoms I described to the specialists lead them to believe that it was related to migraines (which I had never had before) and they did scans, blood tests etc. Migraine medication was prescribed and the next time these symptoms occurred, I took the meds prescribed. That led to an anxiety attack. Needless to say I threw that medication out.
Ever since that time, I have taken Tylenol or Advil immediately if I notice the blurred vision or the lightning. This appears to work and I don't get a migraine or if I do get a headache, it does go away in a short time.
At times, I have noticed that drinking red wine on an empty stomach, or eating Chinese food with Mono-Sodium-Glutamat (Natrium Glutamat) can trigger these symptoms. Also using the PC for long periods of time and concentrating on doing something or times of stress can trigger this. At other times, there appears to be no reason for it.
I have experienced the same thing from the age of 10 to 25. I had a certain kind the chiropractic adjustment called a cervical toggle recoil, which has relieved my zig-zag effects. I am know 41 years old and its has only happen 3 times since than.
I sometimes experience your problem, I asked by opticiants but they all agreed I do not have anything wrong- like retina problems etc- but it happenes because of me being short sighted. I have -5. and they all say this is the reason. It happened to me 5 times by now, from 18 to 36....and it was always related to bright light. It lasted for 5 minutes the most. Hope I helped.
I have this problem and like a few of the others I have noticed light sets it off. If I go in department store with fluresent lights can do it of even pictures on internet if there to trick your eyes like there moving that has done it. My father has maculatedegenerate (sp) so some thought I might have that. But doctors have found nothing. It is scary at times because some are worse than others. It can be so bad you can't see well at all. If driving I just have to pull over. Been in stores and had to leave becasue could not see right at all. I am going to write down what some of you have heard it may be .. nice knowing your not crazy and others have this. Mine happens all the time and started after a spinal cord injury and then surgey. Had 5 total surgeys gotten worse after each one. Getting ready for number 6. Hope to learn more, this drives me crazy. Also tears will run from eyes allot not sure if its to do with this or not??? Thanks all for your comments ..
Hello, I have had the same experience with the flashes of light...especially at night when I have to get up for any reason...I have been to four eye doctors and they find nothing wrong....but I did get help for this by taking a zinc supplement every day....if I miss a day they come back, but as long as I take it they go away. Thanks