Hi y’all, beats me what this is, so I Googled “seeing stars” and here’s an MD response that might have some useful info:
"There can be several causes of seeing flashing lights.
– Sometimes, flashing lights or jagged moving lights can be associated with migraine headaches. Usually these flashing lights occur prior to the headache and are in both eyes; however, there can be migraines with no flashing lights and only headaches or migranies with only flashing lights and no headaches (ophthalmic migraines).
– Flashing lights can also be caused by pulling on the retina. This can be associated with floaters. In this case, the symptoms are usually in one eye at a time. Anyone with new floaters and floaters should see an ophthalmologist to have his or her retinas examined.
– Flashing lights may occur if one exercises too hard, as blood can be shunted away from certain parts of the brain and the eye to muscles. In this situation, one should try to stop exercising and see if the flashing lights stop.
It is difficult to provide more specific information without examining you. I think you should see either your ophthalmologist or primary care physician for further evaluation.
This information is provided for educational purposes only. You should see your physician for specific diagnostic and treatment options."
I don’t know that this is anything to worry about, Beachy, but it couldn’t hurt to ask your neph about it.
Re: Vertigo, I’ve had this. It’s EXTREMELY wierd–you just wake up one day, sit up in bed, and topple over because the room is spinning. This is generally “benign positional vertigo” (BPV) and it’s caused by crystals in the inner ear that settle into one spot instead of free-floating as they should. One ear is affected, and you can figure out which one it is by lying in bed and slowly turning your head to one side and then the other. The side that makes the room spin is the problem one.
In a doctor’s office, they will “fix” the problem by having you lie down and turning your head from side and then sleep on the NOT affected side for a couple of weeks. This gets the crystals back into free float and “poof!” the problem is gone.