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Flashing lights for few seconds only

I see a multicolored star or a white irregular square of light flashing in my vision, pulsating like a heart beat. It has been there since 3rd May and comes 3-4 times in a day, repeating daily or after 1-2 days. This lasts for a few seconds (10-30 seconds). I have no headache. The eye tests were all normal and the neurologist labeled this as migraine. I have had migraine aura symptoms without headache 3 months back where I used to see zigzag lines lasting for 15-30 minutes. I didn't take any medicine and the symptom went off on its own. My question is, are my current symptoms really migraine aura? They last for only a few seconds, while migraine auras always last for at least 15 minutes.
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Hi,
How are you? What other symptoms are present? Do you experience these symptoms on both eyes? It is good that initial evaluation by your neurologist and eye test were fine. Ocular migraines may indeed present with vision problems and headache. However, a regular migraine with an aura  can involve flashing lights and blind spots in the vision and  this type affects not all but about 20% of people who have migraines.  This suggests no definite or exact migraine symptoms. Sometimes, atypical migraines do not present with headache. Seeking another neurologist's opinion and a referral to an eye doctor may also be done. Take care and do keep us posted.
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I see them with eyes closed. Yes, both eyes. Another thing I realized lately is that when I walk fast for a long time, I almost always get them and more in intensity. And these are always for less than a min.

Recently I went to a neurologist who said this isn't migraine since migraine is always progressive and for more than 10 min. So he sent me for an EEG for occipital seizures. EEG came out normal. Then he ignored this as a fragment of my imagination and said something like, something might be falling on my eyelashes etc! Ridiculous but well... i don't know what to do now. Since 4 months old MRI was normal, EEG done a month ago is normal, hence everyone thinks this is some anxiety related! I don't think I have anxiety!
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