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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

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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