I have macular degeneration, and in August I went to the Cumberland infirmary to see a specialist to see if it had change but it hadn't. He did ask me if I saw lights and at the time I didn't but over the last 3/4 weeks I have. Periodically throughout the day I see a small group of flashing lights. In the past I have had migraines and the first signs were flashing lights but these are different as they are smaller and disappear as quick as they come and return throughout the day, without anything developing further. Is this a normal symptom for someone who has macular degeneration. What should I do?
Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.
I cannot be certain as macular degeneration can cause different issues, but your symptoms are not what I would associate with this condition. They do not sound serious and may be associated with your migraine but as a precaution I think it would be a good idea to have an eye test so that your optometrist can examine your eyes and determine if there is anything else that could cause these symptoms.