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Old 07-27-2009, 01:18 PM   #1
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Seeing moving bead of light in peripheral visoin

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I have high myopia and I have been seeing this moving bead of light in the peripheral of my vision in one eye. The bead of light comes from the corner and curves upwards and disappears. Most days this happens once every hour or so but occasionally it could happen once every five to ten minutes. There have been days when it occurred just once or twice as well.

This I think is different from PVD symptom which is usually light flashes caused by tugs on the retina. Instead of flashes I see this moving light that curves up and disappears.

Anyone know anything about it?

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I used to get the same thing--a ball of white light moving (can't remember if it was upward or downward now) in my peripheral vision. I never did find out what caused it and I later developed serious retinal disease. That part doesn't apply to you (my disease is genetic).
You're the first person I've come across who described the same thing. Mine eventually stopped all together.

P.S. I wasn't myopic.

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Old 07-28-2009, 06:15 AM   #3
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Re: Seeing moving bead of light in peripheral visoin

I have often had what seems to be a flashing string of lights, shaped somewhat like a C, which would start at the edge of both eyes and then travel slowly across my vision, and then finally disappear. Half the time, it starts as a single bead of light and then expands into a C. Prior, during and after this visual discomfort, I would have problems focusing.

I don't know if this is the same as what you are experiencing, but in my case, I feel fairly certain that it is a Migraine Aura. A Migraine Aura can occur with, or without a Migraine headache. In my case, I don't get the headache with it.

I've had it for many years, although lately, it is occurring much less often.
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I never did find out what caused it and I later developed serious retinal disease. That part doesn't apply to you (my disease is genetic).
KeelaC, what other symptoms did you have?

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I've had it for many years, although lately, it is occurring much less often.
Machaon, how often did you have it? I am having it almost every day for like three months now. Some days once every one or two hours and occasionally, once every five or ten minutes.

Due to my high myopia, I also have some retinal thinning.

 
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The C-shaped lights that Machaon describes is a classic migraine aura. I get them too.

This peripheral ball of light is something completely different. You'll be sitting at the computer, for example, and suddenly this ball of light will move from the lower peripheral area to the upper and be gone. It takes only a second or two.

Keenion, my other symptoms were central blind spots. I have cone dystrophy and the ophth says my retinas are thin as well. In order to see light there has to be stimulation of the nerves somewhere along the line from retina to the brain's visual cortex. It's logical to assume the stimulation is in the photoreceptor cells of the retina. But why this occurs and why the light moves is another question. It might very well have something to do with the thinning of the retina.

You might be interested to know that I now get a central ball of light that appears like a flash blulb, shrinks and disappears. This happens when my eyes go from light to darkness (turning out a light, eg.), and happens several times a day, every day.

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Machaon, how often did you have it? I am having it almost every day for like three months now. Some days once every one or two hours and occasionally, once every five or ten minutes. ...
Over the years, I would go for weeks without getting it. Then I might get it a few days in a row, followed by another week or two without one. I got a doozy of one a few days ago and it caused focus problems for a couple of days.

Occasionally I've gotten more than one per day, but most of the time it is only one, but the focusing problems that comes with it can last all day long, or more.

I know when one is going to come on because I find it harder to focus my eyes prior to seeing the beads of light.
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Migraine auras can cause blind spots as well as the lights, so perhaps what you perceive as trouble focusing is in fact a small blind area. They do seem to mess up the eyes for awhile after.

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Re: Seeing moving bead of light in peripheral visoin

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Migraine auras can cause blind spots as well as the lights, so perhaps what you perceive as trouble focusing is in fact a small blind area.
I don't remember getting a "blind spot". Certain portions of my vision, during the Aura, get blurry and distorted, but that doesn't surprise me seeing that I've got this big string of Xmas lights going on like it is the 4th of July!

Before and after the Aura, it is definitely a focus problem.

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They do seem to mess up the eyes for awhile after.
Fortunately, in my case, it just makes it more difficult to read or to watch TV, but I can still do it. It comes on kinda unexpected. I'll be watching TV, or on the Internet, and I'll notice that it is more difficult to read and concentrate my vision. Then, sometime later, I'll get this little tiny dot in my vision, which, over time, will grow into some stupid bunch of blinking lights, shaped like a capital C.

At other times, the capital C will come on quickly, and then slowly make it's way across my vision.

Then..... as you pointed out, it will mess up my focus for a few hours, or even for days after the lights go out.

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Re: Seeing moving bead of light in peripheral vision

I have this bead of light thing too. First noticed it when moving from a lit room to a dark room. Now it happens often, sometimes several times a day, sometimes only once or twice at night.

My eye doc seemed uninterested and mumbled that I "found" the symptom "on the internets". (which is funny cause I did look it up on the internet - and couldn't find anything!)

I have no idea what causes it. I have dry eyes with mild corneal scarring, perfect vision. I had uveitis as a child. Very photosensitive. See lots of star bursts and halos at night. I've been tested thoroughly as a rare early onset macular degeneration runs in my family. The corneal specialist I saw said it might be from the scarring, a nurse at my eye doc's office said migraine aura.

I think I'll go with a new eye doctor for my next visit, someone who isn't intimidated by the "internets".

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Re: Seeing moving bead of light in peripheral visoin

Hi All,

Just been reading some of these messages as I have what my Retinal Specialist says is congenital malformation of the blood vessel structure to the retina. I have had about 6 retinal bleed's in my right over a period of about 12 years. The last one happened about 2 months a go and was the worst I ever had. It happened in my sleep, when I woke up I couldn't see anything out of my right eye. It's still very blurry and even the specialist cannot see in there either. I took some time off work as I work in I.T surrounded by 14 computer screens and work 12 hour shifts. 2 days and 2 nights. It's more difficult driving at night because I cannot see the outline of a car, just the lights. Daytime is not as bad. Anyway I go back to see the specialist at the end of August and possibly may require surgery to clear the blood from the vitreous jelly as well as fix the vessels so it doesn't happen again. Bit nervous about surgery, but if it will fix it then I guess I have to be brave. I also see beads of light...like a few little lights going around. Now I just see blood moving about constantly. Has anyone else had the retinal bleed and offer any advice?

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I have this bead of light thing too. First noticed it when moving from a lit room to a dark room. Now it happens often, sometimes several times a day, sometimes only once or twice at night.
That's exactly it. If I'm sitting in a dim room watching tv and the screen goes from bright to darker, I can get it. If I turn off a light at night I'll get it. And I see it at night also, about ten minutes after I've gone to bed. That is the most mysterious one. I'm sorry your doc couldn't give you any clues. I can tell you it's not the cornea because my corneas are fine. What I have is retinal disease.

 
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Re: Seeing moving bead of light in peripheral visoin

I too have high myopia (-9.00)
Lately I have been seeing this moving bubble of light also. However it happens in both eyes. My left eye more-so than the right. I call it a bubble rather than a bead because it appears from nowhere in the outside corner of my eye and curves down and up towards my nose then disappears almost like it pops. It only lasts a few seconds. Afterward I get the sensation of fullness or heaviness behind that eye. Maybe the later part is more psychological because the bubble was so unexplainable. It happens once or twice a night when I am studying on the computer in the dark or when I am reading in low lighting.

I most definitely would not describe it as "flashing" though because you can almost watch it zip across.

Did you figure out what it was????

Hugs and Thanks.

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Re: Seeing moving bead of light in peripheral visoin

I also have myopia and had about several years ago beads of light traveling in my peripheral vision only when my eyes were closed at night when starting to sleep. When I went to the opthalmologist he dismissed it. Then they just stopped after about a year. Last year I developed shadows in my central vision when moving my head (shaking head movement when saying no or yes) but when still it isn't there so I went again to my doctor(opthalmologist) in a panic thinking macular degeneration. He examined me and dismissed it again. I don't know but there must be a cause for all of this.
Has anyone had this and found they needed to go to a different type of specialist or maybe a general practitioner for treatment? Macular Degeneration is not in my family history and I know there are hundreds of things that can cause similar symptoms.
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I've had these pesky vitreous floaters(both eyes) for years,and they are still with me.I only have tense moments, when they freeze. I have to cease all activity for twenty minutes max,then they disappear.I have DRY Macular Degeneration. No problems for a few years now. WET Macular Degeneration is NOT good news.They are like night and day, in my case anyway. Bill

 
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Re: Seeing moving bead of light in peripheral visoin

I get occular migraines without headache too. It's a very bright shimmery C-shaped thing in both my yes that seems to start right in the center of my vision and gradually move off to the peripheral and then disappear over the course of maybe 10 minutes or so. It's annoying and my eyes can feel a little used up afterwards, but I don't get a headache with it either..

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