8 thoughts on “Flashing Lights Eyes Closed Headache

  1. What is happening when I see a bright circular light in my eyes?
    I’ve had this happen twice now. I start to feel icky. Not sick to my stomach, or headache, not flu like, just icky and then this bright light appears in my eyes like when a eye doctor is looking into my eye when I have an eye exam with his light. I mean it’s that bright. The only other way I could explain it is like the old time flash in a camera and you look away and you see a dark spot, well this is the opposite. I am 55 years old. And sure some people will write and say see a doctor, but the closest one is 100+ miles away. Plus it’s only happened twice, in the last few months. What do you think it is? So I can research it over the internet and then travel those 100 miles etc. Thanks!

  2. What is happening when I see a bright circular light in my eyes?
    What is happening when I see a bright circular light in my eyes?

    I’ve had this happen twice now. I start to feel icky. Not sick to my stomach, or headache, not flu like, just icky and then this bright light appears in my eyes like when a eye doctor is looking into my eye when I have an eye exam with his light. I mean it’s that bright. The only other way I could explain it is like the old time flash in a camera and you look away and you see a dark spot, well this is the opposite. I am 55 years old. And sure some people will write and say see a doctor, but the closest one is 100+ miles away. Plus it’s only happened twice, in the last few months. What do you think it is? So I can research it over the internet and then travel those 100 miles etc. Thanks!

    • Do you have floaters? Floaters will appear as little black specks in your vision. If you have those and are seeing the bright flashes of light then you really need to get to a doctor as soon as possible. Your retina could be detaching. This also can be caused by an ocular migraine. Look up floaters and ocular migraines on the internet and read more about the symptoms of each.

  3. Do I have epilepsy if I get a sort of headache after seeing bright, flashy lights?
    I hate bright flashing lights and the sort I have to close my eyes it makes me so uncomfortable. I’m not falling in the floor pissing and shaking but could I have it?

    • No… I have epilepsy just getting a headache from seeing flashing lights does not mean you have it. YOU would be doing the chicken dance on the floor.

  4. What is the normal reaction to an EEG strobe test?
    I have had a few problems lately with headaches and spells where I zone out and can’t come back so I went my neurologist and I got an EEG. I had had my eyes closed for a while during the test when the doctor came in and said it was time for strobe portion. She held a strobe light over my head and turned it on. She would have me open and close my eyes and she would change the frequencies of the flashes. However with every flash, my back would twitch increasingly more intense. Is this normal?

    • A normal response is always what would be expected in a completely healthy person that has no medical concerns. In the case of blinking, hyperventilating or photic stimulation (strobe) that is used for an EEG the normal response is for this to have no physiological or neurological effect. So no physical signs are present and nothing changes on the EEG readings is the normal response.

      If you have twitching in your back or other body parts while stimulation during an EEG test, this more than likely shows that some form of abnormal electrical activity is occurring within the central nervous system. Stimulation is used because it often un-masks abnormal brain activity that cannot be seen when a person is at rest and relaxed. For example, when a person has Epilepsy often their EEG can look completely normal. However, when stimulation is used, the EEG can appear abnormal, physical signs can be displayed AND you can even induce a seizure in some people. Lack of sleep is another thing that can un-mask abnormal brain activity. Often a person with Epilepsy will display symptoms if they become overly tired or upon waking from deep sleep. Myoclinic seizures (jerks in the arms and legs) quite commonly occur in people right after they wake up in the morning.

      There could be a multitude of reasons why your test was not completely normal. Without seeing your exact EEG printout it is difficult to suggest what may be the issue. So I will leave the diagnosis to your Neurologist. Dont panic though, a lot of people show abnormal readings on EEG’s. It doesnt necessarily indicate something bad is occurring.

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