Kaleidoscope Vision

Last updated on December 6th, 2018 at 04:27 pm

Kaleidoscope vision could be a caution of a migraine. Everybody will see colored spots if we looking at a brilliant item for long enough and after that at a white wall. This is caused when the photosensitive cells on the retina are briefly bleached and take a few seconds to adjust. Your brain interprets this as different colors.

What Is Kaleidoscope Vision in Both Eyes

Flashing lights can also be an early warning for migraines. Flashing lights that last for 15 to 30 minutes are often symptomatic of ocular migraines, which are headaches that also cause colored lights usually in both eyes. These flashing lights look like broken glass or water running down over gleaming lights. Once the flashing lights begin you can prevent a fullblown migraine by taking painkillers, drinking water, upping your blood sugar with food and laying down in a quite, dark space.


Migraine headaches may be preceded by a visual “aura”, lasting for 5 to 30 minutes (most commonly around 15 minutes), and then proceeding to the headache. Some people, nevertheless, experience the aura however do not have a headache. This visual aura can be extremely dramatic. Classically, a little blind spot appears in the main vision with a sparkling, zig-zag flicker light inside of it (“scintillating scotoma”). This increases the size of, and relocates to one side or the other of the vision, over the 5 to 30 minute period.

kaleidoscope vision with migraine

When it is big, this crescent shaped blind spot containing this brilliantly flashing light can be difficult to ignore, and some people fear that they are having a stroke. In truth, it is normally a harmless phenomenon (with one exception noted listed below), although many individuals subsequently get the migraine headache. Given that migraine originates in the brain, the visual result typically involves the very same side of vision in each eye, although it may seem more popular in one eye or the other. It is normally primarily viewed as happening in the eye where is inhabits the temporal (outside) field of view. The visual phenomenon would also be perceived in the nasal field of view of the other eye.

Some individuals get different variations of this phenomenon, with the central vision being involved, or with the visual result just like “heat rising off of a car”. Some people explain a “kaleidoscope” effect, with pieces of the vision being missing. All of these variations are consistent with ophthalmic migraine. There are many examples of “visual migraine” that have actually been drawn by patients readily available on the internet.

Please keep in mind that this is various from a condition called “retinal migraine”. A retinal migraine is a convulsion of the artery going into the eye and leads to a temporary near-total loss of vision (a black out of the vision). This is various from “visual migraine”, which originates from the brain and is perceived bilaterally in the vision.

A possible risk factor in women for stroke: Recent research studies have actually found that women specifically under age 45 with current beginning of likely migraine with visual symptoms (within the previous year) were almost seven times more likely to have a stroke compared with women with no history of migraine. In addition, women who likewise smoked and used oral contraceptives had seven times the risk of stroke than women who had likely migraine with visual symptoms alone.


Is it normal that my vision appears like kaleidoscope in my both eyes? Or is this symptom indicating my illness? I require some professional guidance.

A: Well, from your description, I need to tell you that you may suffer from ocular migraines, which is likewise called as pain-free migraines. And for the causes, according to some investigates, stress, excessive caffeine, excessive or too little sleep, weather modifications, elevation, specific foods such as cheese, chocolate or wine can just cause it. And because of that, you might suffer some other symptoms, such as attacks of dizziness, hearing or vision disturbance, level of sensitivity to light or noise, nausea and vomiting. What is more, you may have problem in speaking or understanding speech. So for the sake of health, I will suggest you go and see the eye doctor as soon as possible.

Multiple Sclerosis, Migraines and Kaleidoscope Vision

Migraines are more common in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). One study of MS patients attending a clinic revealed that they experienced migraines at a rate three times greater than the general population.

But the causal connection in between migraine and MS isn’t fully comprehended. Migraines might be a precursor of MS, or they may share a typical cause, or the type of migraine that accompanies MS may be various than that of individuals without MS.

If you have an MS medical diagnosis and experience kaleidoscopic vision, it’s possible that it’s the result of a visual migraine. However don’t dismiss the other possibilities of TIA or retinal migraine.

Reyus Mammadli (Eyexan Team Leader) / author of the article
Bachelor in biomedical and electrical apparatus and systems. For more than 20 years he has been studying methods to improve health using affordable and safe methods. Collaborates with eye care charity organization of the CCP. Specialization is a vision correction by laser surgery, including LASIK.
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Comments: 5
  1. Betty Jo Bundro

    I have been seeing kaleidoscopic “things” in my vision, has been going on since June. What is this about?

  2. Joseph

    As for me, the vision of a kaleidoscope is a problem caused by a migraine disease or a disease of the brain. After reading that it may still be due to the fact that we look at one point for a long time in bright light and see colored spots of a blurred look, looking away at another object restores sight. its functions. I would first of all turn to a specialist or think about this problem, if these are frequent cases, then most likely a disease and you need to do something with it.

  3. Ronny_Spaceboy

    My kaleidoscope in my eyes began to appear after sleepless nights that I spent playing online games !!!
    I understand that it is stupid to know the reason and not to try to get rid of it, but … World Of Tanks and League of Legends are more important to me than eye problems)))

  4. Boris Weigle

    My problem with kaleidoscope vision started a few months ago (around may of this year). It happens in the morning. Like, I see things, but the outlines are blurred. It is impossible to read neither from paper, nor from the screen of phone or a laptop. After 15-20 minutes, the vision is getting better.

    Yes, still, all sorts of shiny stones are seen in these unpleasant moments. Probably called a kaleidoscope because of it.

    Now I think to go to the doctor or live with it?

  5. Ron

    When I was studying to be a sales Manager in Illinois, I was often beaten. The fact that I want to respect my private space and, in common with wolves, I’ve marked your territory in the Dorm. Blows to the head reflected on my vision – I began to see often… kaleidoscope around, blurry, flare, feel like I in the eyes of a large pea salt.

    I realized that I needed to see an ophthalmologist, not to start the process, otherwise I will no longer be able to mark the territory in the room. After a brief conversation at the clinic, I realized that I was talking to the Elevator. It’s good that a nurse came to me and I was able to explain the problem to her. I went to the doctor the same day. He conducted a survey and found a tiny pupil and the eyeball. Hospitalization was required.

    In the clinic, I continued to mark the territory, but the doctors did not beat me for it. I felt better. I knew I belonged here. My territory here. My smells around, in the eyes of kaleidoscope, on heart of calm. The doctor said that the treatment will not take more than 1 week.

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