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What is flashing lights in one's vision???


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#1 shakti

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:44 AM

I experienced flashing lights in my vision for 15 minutes,. My pulse rate was fine. My heart rate was a strong. No other symptoms other than Parkinson's and emotional stress.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 09:19 AM

Shakti, the two times I experienced a torn retina, that was one of the symptoms they asked me about. I suggest a trip to the ophthalmologist in the very near future! I have wondered, since it has happened twice now, if the retinal tears are not PD related.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:04 PM

i would be interested in hearing what Dr. Okun's take is on this

#4 Dr. Okun

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:58 AM

I have seen retinal tears in PD patients but my feeling is that they occur very uncommonly and probably are not related to Parkinson. It is important to note however that there are amacrine cells in the retina that make dopamine!
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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:05 PM

I have occassionally (maybe once every 6-9 months) had off and on spells of distorted clear floaters, almost like flashing, for many years. Never could figure out the cause. Could this have anything to do with PD or dopamine?

#6 Dr. Okun

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:14 AM

Usually flashing lights and floaters are not Parkinson's disease related phenomena.
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#7 christie

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:33 AM

Dr Okun,

Is it possible that "flashing lights" in a patient with Parkinson's disease could signify visual hallucinations as a side effect of dopaminergic drugs?

-English is not my first language !

-Aged 39. Diagnosed at 35. On levodopa monotherapy (500mg daily).


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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

It is definitely possible, but more likely migraine or another cause for flashing lights. If there are other symptoms of hallucinations then definitely that would raise my suspicion.
Michael S. Okun, M.D.
Author of the Amazon Bestseller Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life
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UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration
Read More about Dr. Okun at: http://movementdisor...hael-s-okun-md/
or Visit Parkinson's Disease treatment and research blogs at:
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or his parkinsonsecrets.com blog for treatment tips




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