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Macular degeneration with flashing lights


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?

Answer Written answer:

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. 

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Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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