It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Open to All Other Health Topics Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-10-2005, 09:28 AM   #1
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Southern Louisiana
Posts: 41
Sadlyn HB User
Question Streak of Light in vision

Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this. Last night, while on the computer, i begin to have a streak of light in my vision in my left eye. Even when I closed my eyes, I could see it. It was very similiar to a bolt of lightning.

I then begin to have an anxiety attack. Slight tightening of the chest, my left side felt funny. Not numb, just kinda weird. Also felt kinda nauseous. After a xanex, an ativan, an aspirin, and a gas-x, I feel asleep and feel normal today.

I'm almost 42, and I think I am peri-menopausel....periods erratic, etc..

Any ideals, or should I haul a** to the dr. I have also had a cardio myopathy 4 years ago during the birth of my prince..

 
Old 02-10-2005, 09:32 AM   #2
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 21
Michelle0925 HB User
Re: Streak of Light in vision

Do you have glaucoma?

That (bolts of light in your eye) can be a classic symptom of retinal problems. Not to alarm you, but a friend of mine in his 30's just went through that... his retina was detaching. It was an inherted weakness that didn't manifest until recently.

It could be nothing, or it could be something. (wow. THAT was a wise statement, huh? lol)

I would head to an eye doctor if I was you. My friend had a simple out-patient surgery and now he is fine. The alternative can be permanent loss of vision in that eye if you don't get it taken care of.

Good luck.

michelle

Last edited by Michelle0925; 02-10-2005 at 09:33 AM.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 02-10-2005, 09:37 AM   #3
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Burnet, Texas USA
Posts: 4,313
Misty800 HB UserMisty800 HB UserMisty800 HB UserMisty800 HB UserMisty800 HB UserMisty800 HB UserMisty800 HB UserMisty800 HB UserMisty800 HB UserMisty800 HB UserMisty800 HB User
Re: Streak of Light in vision

You may have "vitrous separation" and it can possibly tear the retina. Please have it checked by an eye specialist. Take precautions and do not lean over, keep upright to avoid further damage to eye.

 
Old 02-10-2005, 09:47 AM   #4
Senior Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,066
Sunlover HB User
Re: Streak of Light in vision

I agree with the other posters - 999 out of 1,000 it's not a detached retina, I've had these kinds of problems since I was 21 (I'm 46) flashes, balls of light, sparkles, big flashing spots, you name it - and so far my retina's are still healthy - the thing is something like that HAS to be checked out as soon as you can, the quicker it's found if it's a torn retina, the better chances you have of getting it fixed easily.

You could have just spazzed out over that and gotten an anxiety attack (I'm a master at that!)

 
Old 02-10-2005, 12:47 PM   #5
Inactive
(male)
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: CANADA
Posts: 130
xpax HB User
Exclamation Re: Streak of Light in vision

That is how my migraines started. I was a kid sitting on a high rail, scared of heights but being showy, and I noticed I could only see half the pitcher. I panicked over it.
I ran home saying I was going blind but no. It's called migraine with "aura".

Later they started with a kaleidoscopic slash of light in one eye, or a big blind spot or a star.

You likely panicked over the light. Seeing a doctor with all these posts in mind is a good idea.

Last edited by xpax; 02-10-2005 at 12:53 PM.

 
Old 02-10-2005, 01:05 PM   #6
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Southern Louisiana
Posts: 41
Sadlyn HB User
Re: Streak of Light in vision

Thanks everyone for all your answers. I love this board.

I think I may start with my regular Dr tomorrow, just because of my heart condition, but it probably is an "eye" problem.

I am very sensitive to my heart now because of the myopathy, so I freak out about stuff quite often. I was scared I was having some sort of stroke or something.

Thanks all, again.

 
Old 02-12-2005, 04:32 AM   #7
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: California, U.S.A.
Posts: 3,091
zuzu8 HB Userzuzu8 HB Userzuzu8 HB Userzuzu8 HB Userzuzu8 HB Userzuzu8 HB User
Re: Streak of Light in vision

From time to time, I experience the exact same thing...looks like a bolt of lightening, obscures my vision somewhat and the first time it happened to me I totally panicked too!

Mine are what my docs call "ophthalmic migraines".
I see that xpax has them too.
These kinds of migraines do not necessarily have to be accompanied by pain!


See your doctor and have him check your eyes, but my guess is this is what you had....

zuzu xx

 
Old 11-14-2006, 10:07 AM   #8
Newbie
(male)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1
sevenpools HB User
Re: Streak of Light in vision

[QUOTE=Sunlover]I agree with the other posters - 999 out of 1,000 it's not a detached retina, I've had these kinds of problems since I was 21 (I'm 46) flashes, balls of light, sparkles, big flashing spots, you name it - and so far my retina's are still healthy -

I had a retinal tear in my left eye a year ago and during the healing process a dark spot appeared in the lower left periphery of that eye. The retina specialist could not explain what it was. It dissapeared in a couple of weeks. About a week ago another spot appeared in that eye, this time just to the left of my center of vision. It's like a blotch that changes color depending on how light reflects on my eye. Again, the retina specialist doesn't know what it is nor does my regular opthamologist. They both referred me to a neurologist.

Has anyone experienced anything like this before?

 
Old 11-14-2006, 04:22 PM   #9
Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 76
dolores79 HB User
Re: Streak of Light in vision

I don't want to alarm you at all, but I experienced something like that a week before I had a full blown stroke.
It happened to me again a while back and it turned out to be nothing ..so it could be serious or not..hopefully that's your case.
I just felt I'd have liked to know it could be something serious. I also felt the shock of panic going through me.
Best of luck; get it checked.
Dolores

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Bright independent spots of light in vision lokedoutlulu Eye & Vision 4 07-04-2011 12:48 AM
heartbeat in eyes, circles in vision, light sensitive straw12111 Eye & Vision 24 06-23-2008 08:41 AM
Halo-like flashes of light, peripheral flashes,and dry eye. NYDoll Eye & Vision 6 01-05-2008 07:53 AM
Need to completely block out light dizzyt Eye & Vision 2 02-07-2007 03:45 AM
light flashes tiarah Multiple Sclerosis 11 07-31-2005 07:48 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



Administrator (48), Titchou (43), quincy (33), janewhite1 (32), JJ (28), ladybud (24), Misty800 (17), feelbad (15), ibake&pray (15), shisslak (14)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1013), Apollo123 (909), Titchou (856), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (763), ladybud (755), midwest1 (670), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:12 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!