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I was just sitting watching the news with dh when I became aware of a 'fuzzy' line right across my field of vision. Although it was right across my field of vision, it felt as if it was coming from my right eye (if that makes sense). Gradually it bent round and curved around the right side of my field of vision. It became sort of zig-zag in shape, and quite bright. I was really freaked (dh wasn't... he said 'Well, what can I do about it?' ). I didn't even feel able to move for a while, as it was right across everything I could see (so not just when I was looking at the TV). Eventually I forced myself to get up, and it seems to have disappeared now, although my eyes still feel a bit 'achey'.
I've never had anything like this before, although I do have quite a lot of floaters and am very short sighted. I have to keep an eye [no pun intended] on the floaters as in very short-sighted people I know they can be a sign of a detached retina, but I don't know if disturbances of the sort I just had are also linked with retina problems.
I am 40 and have never had a migraine before, although I know that visual disturbances can be linked with migraines.
I just typed it into google and scared myself silly, but I know that that was a stupid thing to do, so I will try to pretend I didn't do that .
Anyone got any ideas of what it might be (or failing that, if you'd like to hold my hand and make reassuring noises that would be fine too...). Thanks!
Thanks, sugarcoatedpoison (sorry - those caps are too hard for my poor confused brain!). At least someone else has had it!
Think I might phone GP in the morning. I know that to look at my retina they will have to give me drops which mean I can't drive, and dh is at work tomorrow, so that would be me buggered stuck in town with no way of getting home.
Do you get regular checkups with optician? They will check for various problems and in some ways may be more expert than GP. Not sure how much it costs... I get them for free because I'm over 40 and dad had glaucoma which is inheritable.
Definitely sounds like a migraine "aura". I have had them for years-I get a hole in my vision to start with, then bright zig-zag lines of light that gradually move across my field of vision over a period of about 20 minutes. I have more of a sore head than a headache afterwards, but can feel a bit "under the weather" even the next day. Best to get it checked out if this is the first you have had.
Thank you all. Those links were really useful spinspin. Yes, that is just like what I was seeing last night. It does sound like a migraine, then. Today I have a slight headache/eyeache (it's more behind my eyes than across my forehead, iykwim) but am fine (at work) and can see OK. I do feel a bit spaced-out (some might say that they can't tell the difference ) and under the weather, though. Think I'll go and mention it to my GP. TBH I am relieved that it's nothing to do with my eyes. I do get them checked regularly, but they don't always check my retina, because that needs drops to dilate the pupil which means that your vision is blurry for quite some time afterwards.
Hi Ellbell, I have had this a few times and was told by the doctor it was an ocular migraine
I get it maybe 1 or 2 times a year and it normally lasts an hour or so. Its worse if I'm tired or around really bright lights. I'm sure its nothing to worry about but would see your doctor if you are really concerned.
If it helps, I get these visual disturbances. They have never progressed to anything more than feeling a bit spaced out as you describe.
I find bright lights or contrasts can start it, or that's the only thing I can think of! Also a stressed discussion. But it's only 1 in 100 bright lights or difficult discussions which set it off, not every time. Sometimes no obvious reason.
I take it as a great excuse/reason to rest, drink water, nibble an apple, breathe gently in and out and let it pass. Sometimes I need a good sleep afterwards. Opening a window to make sure I have more oxygen is nice too.
In general there are some deeply stressy aspects to my life and I'm sure dealing with those would be a help for me.