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Is it okay to see an aura due to eye strain?

Is it okay to see an aura due to eye strain?

Possibly: Auras are usually flashing lights or lightning patterns seen either alone or as a precursor to a migraine. If alone, they are often called ocular migraines, and tend to resolve within an hour. Migraines can be triggered by may different stressors, so straining your eyes could do it. If you experience new auras, or visul symptoms that do not disappear, please see your eye doctor. ...Read more

Aura (Definition)

The term aura is usually used to describe a visual change that occurs at the onset of a classic migraine. It is typically described as an odd light appearance, color change or other visual illusion associated with the headache. Not all migraines have auras..."common migraines" do not have auras, ...Read more


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Is it possible for eye strain to cause auras similar to a migraine? Or could I be experiencing silent migraines?

Is it possible for eye strain to cause auras similar to a migraine? Or could I be experiencing silent migraines?

Ocular migraine: You may or may not be experiencing symptoms of an ocular migraine. Do you have nausea? Photophobia?
Any change in visual acuity deserves an immediate full history and physical by an MD. Sometimes women develop catamenial migraines and they can be associated with other triggers as well. Stay calm and see MD you will be just fine. ...Read more

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Hist. Migraine aura. Over last year right eye sees darker than left. Optho said pupil difference don't worry. Went away yesterday, now see fine. Ideas?

Hist. Migraine aura. Over last year right eye sees darker than left. Optho said pupil difference don't worry. Went away yesterday, now see fine. Ideas?

Good news!: Your pupils are equal and reactive to light now. When you're having your prodrome aura and having different size pupil that could be termed 'anisocoria', you may have different degrees of light entering the eye, and reflecting on the back of the retina. So when you are out of the migraine phase, the amount of light coming into your eyes are equal and normal. Best to avoid triggers for migraine. ...Read more

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Neuro and eye doctors: had 2-day migraine, then flashes of light not like usual aura. How do you tell if aura or retina detachment? See which doctor?

Neuro and eye doctors: had 2-day migraine, then flashes of light not like usual aura. How do you tell if aura or retina detachment? See which doctor?

Exam: Bilateral symptoms is rarely a retinal detachment. Unilateral flashes can be a sign of a retinal problem (especially in myopes) vs. Aura (usually a more specific fixed peripheral shape). Retinal detachment may have hundreds of new floaters and decreasing vision. See a retina specialist for exam to tell. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see stars and flashing from eye strain?

Is it normal to see stars and flashing from eye strain?

No: Stars and flashing lights not related to trauma or rubbing the eyes could be a problem either within the retina or the brain. Thus, should have an eye exam to rule out a retinal issue, especially with the combinations of flashing lights, new floaters, and a shade/curtain over your vision. ...Read more

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My mom has itchy watery eyes and it is causing a lot of strain. See gp?

My mom has itchy watery eyes and it is causing a lot of strain. See gp?

See eye doc: She probably has allergies and should see and ophthalmologist for some drops to relieve her symptoms. Over the counter medication may work--i recommend zaditor (ketotifen) 2x per day. ...Read more

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I see double vision 24/7. I'm 20. And I did get prism eye glasses but they give me eye strain and headaches. Will I have this forever now? I'm worried

I see double vision 24/7. I'm 20. And I did get prism eye glasses but they give me eye strain and headaches. Will I have this forever now? I'm worried

Adjustment: It may be that you haven't fully adapted to the prismatic correction in your glasses, or adjustment may be necessary. Call your eye doc to have a checkup. You may need more or less prism power. Double vision can be very frustrating and adjustments are often needed early in the treatment. Hopefully your symptoms will resolve quickly. ...Read more

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A week into taking Amitriptyline for my head aches. My doc prescribed&said they were migranes bc I see"auras"the aches started after a day1.what to do?

A week into taking Amitriptyline for my head aches. My doc prescribed&said they were migranes bc I see"auras"the aches started after a day1.what to do?

Please repost: I get the feeling that English is not your native language. Please have someone whose native language is English help you repost your question so it is umderstandable. If English IS your native language, well...you're only 16. You can still do something about it. ...Read more

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I suffer from neck pain, tinnitus, foggy feeling, wobbly vertigo like feeling, eyes get strained easily, what kind of specialist should I see?

I suffer from neck pain, tinnitus, foggy feeling, wobbly vertigo like feeling, eyes get strained easily, what kind of specialist should I see?

Start with most: Pressing issue: eye strain (get refraction done to see if you need glasses), vertigo (can be related or separate to eye strain), tinnitus can be from OTC meds you use that aren't listed, allergies, EMF sensitivity, high blood pressure, or something else altogether that needs to be explored fully. See your PCP to begin sorting out what needs to be done first. List all allergy meds. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had a stroke of the eye signalled by aura?

Has anyone ever had a stroke of the eye signalled by aura?

Yes: Retinal artery blockage is caused by atherosclerosis of the retinal artery or its upstream suppliers. Occasionally clots can embolize (originate from a distant location to obstruct another blood vessel) to the retinal artery. Visual symptoms may precede such blockage if it is not abrupt. ...Read more

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Really worried went to eye dr last year he said having auras so the last 2 days I've got one does that mean tumor or serious anxiety up?

Really worried went to eye dr last year he said having auras so the last 2 days I've got one does that mean tumor or serious anxiety up?

Suggest evaluation: Auras may be associated with multiple conditions, including migraines, seizure activity, anxiety, tumors, and other eye/ visual conditions. You have reported several of these conditions. More information and evaluation is likely needed; suggest followup with your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do I keep seeing flashes of light in my eye? Not an aura. Yellow orange arc

Why do I keep seeing flashes of light in my eye? Not an aura. Yellow orange arc

Could be retina tear: Sudden flashes need to be checked promptly for retinal tear or detachment. Otherwise, it's probably vitreous tugging on the retina. Migraine also possible. ...Read more

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Concerned about my mothers eyesight- cataracts & losing vision in eye during auras?

Concerned about my mothers eyesight- cataracts & losing vision in eye during auras?

See an eye doctor: Cataracts are clouding of the natural lens of the eye. They are a reversible cause of decreased vision and should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist/cataract surgeon if they are interfering with vision.
Auras describe a phenomenon of scintillating lights that begin on the side and move centrally. This is associated with migraines or just ocular migraines. See your dr. To rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Hi, last night after searching around my eyes were having aura I believe. Can laxatives cause migraines?

Yes: Almost anything can trigger migraines. I have a patient who is triggered by gatorade. She has had two gatorade's and two migraines in her life. ...Read more

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Increase in ocular migraines (zigzag auras.) used to get 1 or 2 a year, have had 6 in 2 wks. Eyes checked, they are fine. What could cause this?

Increase in ocular migraines (zigzag auras.) used to get 1 or 2 a year, have had 6 in 2 wks. Eyes checked, they are fine. What could cause this?

Neurological eval: Understand that you have had a recent eye check but have you a thorough evaluation by a neurologist. If not, recommend it. ...Read more

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Headache behind right eye, reduced vision. Aura?

Headache behind right eye, reduced vision. Aura?

Migraine: Could be an ocular migraine. Is there a family history of migraine or personal hx of other migraine variants? Check your blood pressure to be sure this isn't the cause. The reduced vision is very concerning. It may just be migraine but you could have increased intraocular pressure (glaucoma), or it could be an indication of something intracranial even more concerning. You need evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes daily headaches? Pressure aura stabbing and banging behind eye on sides and down neck. Getting worse changes daily Meds don't work!

What causes daily headaches? Pressure aura stabbing and banging behind eye on sides and down neck. Getting worse changes daily Meds don't work!

Chronic Migraines: Is diagnostic label given to daily headaches. I have found most due to slight unilateral head tilt causal of asymmetric superior trapezium; imparted by functional scoliosis overlying unilateral sacroiliac joint subluxation disorder: including chronic low back pain & intermittent sciatica. Headache is generated by chronic superior trapezius muscle spasm w. myriad of painful ischemic trigger points. ...Read more

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Had auras (zig zag lights in eyes) for 2 days in a row that lasts about 30 min each. Mild headache. Feels like behind eye. Neck pain. Ideas? Serious?

Migraine with aura: This is a classical description of migraine with aura. The stiff neck is likely secondary to the migraine. Best to check with your doctor or referral to a neurologist to better diagnose your condition. ...Read more

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Differnce btwn eye flashes of retinal tear n aura? Does flashes of rt moves wen we mov our eyes, my doc said so? He long rt flashes last? Hw to know it?

Differnce btwn eye flashes of retinal tear n aura? Does flashes of rt moves wen we mov our eyes, my doc said so? He long rt flashes last? Hw to know it?

See an Eye MD: Flashes of light (fol) are signs of vitreo-retinal traction (vrt). The vrt can cause a retinal tear. The fol are a peripheral phenomenon ; they don't move with your eyes. Scintillating scotoma as a migraine aura is usually in the central or para-central vision ; you can actually see them. Fols can stay for a long time with vrt. A retinal tear is serious. See a retina eyemd ; a neurologist. ...Read more

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I have had a bad headache for 5 days and I am seeing a spot in my left eye. I have had migraine aura, but this spot is stationary. Thoughts?

I have had a bad headache for 5 days and I am seeing a spot in my left eye.  I have had migraine aura, but this spot is stationary.  Thoughts?

Eye doc: Check in with an eye doc to evaluate the spot in your vision. You will likely need to dilated and may undergo some in office tests. You are correct, a migraine aura should go away. Good luck. ...Read more

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Eye dr ordered MRI for aura while eyes are closed. Normal result, but showed an old sinus infection. What does it mean? I assume they're not related?

Eye dr ordered MRI for aura while eyes are closed. Normal result, but showed an old sinus infection. What does it mean? I assume they're not related?

Likely not related: Your doctor was likely trying to rule out other causes for your visual changes with the mri. Auras can be seen with classic migraines and with optical migraines. An old sinus infection is not a probable cause for an aura but ongoing sinus inflammation can be a trigger for migraines. ...Read more

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Am diagnosed with ocular migraines but I just had one that I think was in both eyes. No headache. Retinal Migraine or migraine aura affecting vision?

It effects vision: During the visual migraine episode. It can last between 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Any further queries click here --> https://www.healthtap.com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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Are aura migraine headaches and seeing floaters life threatening and a problem with your brain or eyes?

Are aura migraine headaches and seeing floaters life threatening and a problem with your brain or eyes?

No: While some migraineurs may get a death wish, a headache never actually killed anybody. A headache (uncommonly) may herald a dangerous or life-threatening event, but not a PRIMARY headache like migraine. You need to educate yourself about migraines so that you can control them; otherwise they will control you. There are good books and also see e.g. http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org. ...Read more