Healthy Vision Month – Important at Every Age

Healthy Vision Month – Important at Every Age

May is Healthy Vision Month. Make your eye health a priority and protect your vision for a lifetime. Your vision is important at every stage in your life, so start protecting it as early as you can. The following are how you can do that for every stage of life. Continue reading

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Kaleidoscopes, Zig Zags and Other Weird Visual Disturbances

Kaleidoscopes, Zig Zags and Other Weird Visual Disturbances

Many patients come in to see me with the same complaint: “I had this weird kaleidoscope/zig-zagging lines/Bart Simpson’s hair in my vision last week!” They all, almost without fault, say the weird visual phenomenon started, then got a little bigger, and then smaller and then went away, in total lasting 20-30 minutes. It can be pretty scary the first time you see it; even I was freaked out the first time I experienced it, and I knew what it was! When I tell patients they have had an ocular or visual migraine, usually they reply, “But I didn’t have a headache.” And that is true, a visual migraine is not followed by a headache. A visual migraine, by definition, is a visual aura without a headache afterward. Each person experiences it a little differently, but the photo below is a visualization of the most common descriptions. Continue reading