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Ocular Migraine

Ocular migraine, ophthalmic (eye) migraines, are quite common and often occur without head pain, although the individual term “migraine” usually brings to mind a severe type of headache.

But with eye-related migraines, the visual disturbances, without headache, (often called silent migraine) may accompany the migraine processes thought to be stemming from alterations in blood flow in the brain.

These visual problems associated with migraines technically are known as ophthalmic migraines, but are much more commonly (though incorrectly) called ocular migraines.

Because the general population understands the term better, this article refers to the condition as “ocular migraine.”

What Triggers These Types of Migraine Headaches?

Chronic Migraine Headache can be brought about by a neurological response to certain triggers that the sufferer is sensitive to, such as hormonal changes, flashing lights or chemicals in foods or medications.

One result of these triggers may be an intense headache that unfortunately can last for hours or even days.

During or before migraine, alterations also may take place in blood flow to the area of the brain responsible for vision (visual cortex or occipital lobe).

This usually stems from the basilar artery, and it is commonly thought that basilar migraines are related to ocular migraines. Resulting ophthalmic migraine or ocular migraines commonly can produce visual symptoms even without a headache pain.

Ocular Migraine Symptoms

People with ocular migraines can have a number of visual symptoms. One will see a small, enlarging blind spot (scotoma) in your central vision with bright, flickering lights (scintillations) or a shimmering zig-zag line inside the blind spot. The blind spot can even enlarge and might move across your field of vision. This entire migraine phenomenon may end in only a few minutes, but usually lasts as long as about 20-30 minutes.

Ocular migraines are considered harmless, however some contend that the underlying event is potentially harmful in the long run. In the short term, ocular migraines are painless, cause no permanent visual or brain damage and do not require treatment.

One my want to consult an eye doctor when you have unusual vision symptoms, because it’s possible that you have another associated condition requiring treatment. Our free Beyond Headaches tour will give you some common sense direction that you may benefit from.

What Should I Do if I Have an Ocular Migraine?

Painless ocular migraines can appear suddenly, creating the sensation of looking through a broken window.

The accompanying visual distortion spreads across the field of vision and usually disappears within about 15-30 minutes.

Unfortunately, a visit to the eye doctor may produce few answers in terms of how to treat or prevent the ocular migraine. This is because processes that trigger ophthalmic migraines, the silent migraine, are poorly understood.

But if these symptoms recur with increasing frequency,  and you are not getting satisfactory answers or results for your ophthalmic migraines, Dr Finnigan, author of Life Beyond Headaches offers a free download that is a must for anyone dealing with recurring Ophthalmic Migraine. 

Learn the 3 most useful Self-Help Tips when dealing with OCULAR MIGRAINES
from Dr. Finnigan, the author of Life Beyond Headaches.

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