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What is an ocular migraine?

An ocular migraine causes temporary vision loss or blindness that occur in the absence of, along with, or following a migraine headache. It can be referred to as retinal migraine, ophthalmic migraine, eye migraine or optical migraine. Here I give an overview of symptoms, triggers and treatment.

Ocular migraine symptoms

The International Headache Society include the following phenomena in their list of ocular migraine symptoms:

• Flashing rays of lights
• Zigzagging light patterns
• Perceptions of bright colored streaks
• Halos
• Diagonal lines
• Blurring
• Blank areas in vision
• Black dots or spots in the field of vision that create partial or complete blindness in one eye.

Ocular migraines only affect one eye. They are usually harmless and tend to end in a few minutes, but can last up to 30 minutes.

Ocular migraine triggers

What causes an Ocular Migraine? Triggers are different for every person; what may cause a migraine in one person may not cause them in another. The list below outlines the most commonly experienced triggers:

• Fatigue
• Stress
• Food/Dietary (some type of food such as dairy, alcohol, nitrates, etc.)
• Hormonal
• Environmental (temperature changes, etc.)
• Sensory stimuli (lights/sounds, etc.)
• Nutrient Deficiencies
• Fasting
• Health (Dehydration, blood pressure, etc.)

Those considered at highest risk are women, people under the age of 40 and those with a family history of migraines. However, anyone – even children and completely healthy individuals – can suffer from ocular migraines.

Ocular migraine treatment

Ocular migraines usually go away on their own in a few minutes, so most people don’t need treatment. When an ocular migraine occurs, it is recommended to stop and rest until vision goes back to normal.

Regardless of the cause, your age, health, or variety of ocular migraine symptoms, it is important to visit your general practitioner since they are best qualified to help you start your journey (which often includes a visit to an ophthalmologist to rule out any other eye disorders) to find an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan that works for you. Those that suffer from eyestrain should also consider seeing an ophthalmologist right at the start.

Keep in mind that prevention is better than a cure, so consider identifying your triggers if you want to see long term results.


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