Flickering vision

Flickering vision: meaning, causes and treatment

Flickering vision is an increasingly common complaint that we face in our practice every day. It is a symptom with many potential causes. The phenomenon, also called eye flutter, describes many unclear visual disturbances that are difficult to assess by laypersons. Often, affected individuals suffer from lateral or central dropout areas or slow or fast flashes of light and dots moving in front of the eye. Other signs include a feeling of pressure in the eye area or indistinct, blurred areas of vision. The visual disturbance can be both short-term and long-term and can vary in intensity.  


Significance and causes   

Flickering vision cannot be considered a disease in its own right and thus should never be the final diagnosis. It is a symptom that derives from an underlying disease. The causes are complex and cannot be listed conclusively. However, common causes are ocular migraine or a circulatory disorder. Less common causes are vision-threatening diseases such as retinal detachment or glaucoma. If the eye fibrillation occurs for a short time, stress or fatigue may also be responsible.  


Our treatment recommendation   

Whether you are affected by short- or long-term flickering, we recommend that you visit an ophthalmologist in either case. Through a careful eye examination, causes can be clarified and risks can be avoided. Our treatment is aimed at finding the underlying disease of the patient and treating it specifically, so that they can see clearly again as soon as possible.  


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