so, im reading different ophthalmology books before i begin school, but i practically laughed my butt off when i read the "treatment" in the following case, can someone please explain this to me! Case 10 from Dr. Newell's Principles and Concepts 55 y.o professor noted flashing lights in the periphery of her visual field several times each month. the lights are present in both eyes and with the eyes open or closed. at the onset the lights are so slight as to be almost unnoticeable, but then they become brighter, larger, and interfere with reading. they disappear over a period of 15-20 minutes. they are unrelated to activities and are not followed by headache or any other ocular or neurologic disturbance. EXAMINATION: visual acuity w/ correction: od and os 20/20 EXTERNAL: ocular movements, external eyes: normal. pupils react promptly to light. OPHTHALMOSCOPY, OCULAR TENSION: normal DIAGNOSIS: Visual hallucination TREATMENT: Reassurance. Reassurance? the poor woman is having a transient ischmic attack.... is it common to "reassure" patients?