Bead of Light



Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 05/22/2011 - 05:34
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Did you perform any surgery for the eyes?
Do you suffer from pre-existing illnesses in the eye?
Do you suffer from any diseases in the body?


Do you use any eye drops?
Do you wear Contact lenses or Eyeglasses?

For myopia and astigmatism




I'm a 20 year old male and I have high myopia and astigmatism. I have HTN, no surgeries or eye drops I have had glasses since the 6th grade. Lately I've been getting a bead of light in both(together or just one) eyes that travels around my peripheral vision every day for the past few weeks.
It comes up from below my vision and follows the the edge of my vision going up or toward my nose and up then disappears almost like it pops and leaves behind a feeling of fullness behind my eyes. It Seems to be worse when the lighting changes from light to dark and it last only 2 to 3 seconds.
Any ideas what it may be? Didn't happen very often before but now happens every 15-20 minutes. I have already been to the my optometrist a week ago he says that there are no holes or tears in the retina. He suspects ocular migraine but my problem are very brief.


Thanks for your Question


Most likely it is an ocular migraine. I would visit also a neurologist. Sometimes posterior vitreous detachment can cause floaters with flashes of light. I would visit an ophthalmologist with retina specialist to have full fundus and retina examination.



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By: Carol (VCD lady)



If your retinal specialist (as recommended by this forum's eye doctor, to see) says that you have "ocular migraine", here are a few suggestions that helped me, when I have an occasional ocular migraine (no headache, just visual disturbances mainly):

1) If driving, pull over SAFELY, into a "rest stop", shut eyes, rest, and relax for a while, until the ocular migraine passes.

2) Avoid wearing anything tight around your mid-section. Similarly, don't bend over, which would squeeze (put pressure) on your lower abdomen (belly). Similarly, don't lift weights & don't lift anything heavy (in other words, avoid the "Valsalva's maneuver--that is "straining").

3) Eat throughout the day. Avoid "hypo-glycemia" (low blood sugar), from an "empty stomach". And, AVOID SUGAR & OVERLY SWEET ANYTHING! because too many sweets can cause "hypo-glycemia"!



4) Get checked, to see if you might be getting diabetes, which sometimes occurs after a person is hypoglycemic.

5) "Google" ocular migraines, to learn more about these, including holistic (natural) ways to prevent & treat them.


Good luck!

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Avoid "orthostatic hypotension" (sitting or standing up too fast)
By: Carol (VCD lady) 



I highly recommend that you listen to Webeyeclinic great advice, about seeing a neurologist, AND an eye doctor (medical doctor/M.D.) called an ophthalmologist, AND a retinal specialist type of eye doctor!

Also, I remembered additional "triggers" for ocular migraine. One of these was "orthostatic hypotention", meaning a drop in blood pressure, due to sitting or standing up TOO QUICKLY.

I believe that my first ocular migraine happened when I had not not had enough sleep the night before, and had not eaten enough during the day, then ate some sugary dessert (causing reactive "hypo-glycemia"/low blood sugar), and I had stood up too fast!

Those 4 factors did it, causing me to get my first ocular migraine. I've only had a few since then, probably because I try to avoid all those contributing factors, when possible.



Good luck & be well!

Carol (VCD lady)

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