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Dr. William Singer
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Ocular Migraine (Overview)

A migraine that involves visual disturbance. Ocular migraines can develop with or without the accompanying pain.


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What tests would u order for someone whose ocular migraine went from 1 a year to multiple times a month? My neuro did nothing, and I am worried.

What tests would u order for someone whose ocular migraine went from 1 a year to multiple times a month? My neuro did nothing, and I am worried.

CT or MRI: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. Look at triggers, diet (caffeine, chocolate, etoh, etc.) ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
73 Doctors shared insights

Ocular Migraine (Overview)

A migraine that involves visual disturbance. Ocular migraines can develop with or without the accompanying pain.


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What causes an ocular migraine? I only recently started having them and don't know how seriously to take them. I have a c-shaped distortion in my eye.

What causes an ocular migraine? I only recently started having them and don't know how seriously to take them. I have a c-shaped distortion in my eye.

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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Does dehydration cause ocular migraine?

Does dehydration cause ocular migraine?

Ocular migraines!: They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. Dehydration in possible, as well as stress, or something in your diet - Caffeine, chocolate, etc. ...Read more

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Have there been any significant advances in the treatment of ocular migraine?

Have there been any significant advances in the treatment of ocular migraine?

No new treatments!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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What is an ocular migraine?

What is an ocular migraine?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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Why are ocular migraine so painful.

Why are ocular migraine so painful.

Ocular migraine: Possible due to a spasms in blood vessels in the retina, the delicate lining in the back of the eye and vision loss or blindness lasting less than an hour. See a headache specialist for prophylactic management. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about ocular migraine?

Can you tell me about ocular migraine?

Brain disturbance: Ocular migraine is a disturbance of the circulation to the occipital lobe of the brain which is the site of visual information processing. This condition causes attacks lasting from 5 min to up to 2 hours, of greying out of 1/2 of the field of view (or a portion) with shimmering lights and variable patterning. It usually comes without warning and leaves with no trace. ...Read more

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How do u differentiate between TIA and ocular migraine?

How do u differentiate between TIA and ocular migraine?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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Could you ever have an ocular migraine without any pain?

Could you ever have an ocular migraine without any pain?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines usually only last from 1-30 minutes. They can last longer. Very rare for the symptoms to be permanent. I do not know of anyone losing their vision or the symptoms staying permanently. They can recur though. Sometimes there are triggers; the most common are stress, caffeine, chocolate, red wine, food with sulfates, some medications, alcohol, reflections of light. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ocular migraine?

Retinal Migraine: The thought is that the same mechanism involved in the aura phase of migraine is reponsible fro retinal migraine. Think of it this way; the person has the aura but not the headache. ...Read more

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What is ocular migraine, why it happens, how much dangerous is it?

What is ocular migraine, why it happens, how much dangerous is it?

Ocular migraine: Talk with your doctor to get a better understanding, but here's some good information. Like many conditions, it can vary from person to person.
http://www. Webmd. Com/migraines-headaches/guide/ocular-migraine-basics
hope you get this under control. Good luck. ...Read more

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What tests would u order for someone whose ocular migraine went from 1 a year to multiple times a month? My neuro did nothing, and I am worried.

CT or MRI: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. Look at triggers, diet (caffeine, chocolate, etoh, etc.) ...Read more

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Does dehydration cause ocular migraine?

Ocular migraines!: They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. Dehydration in possible, as well as stress, or something in your diet - Caffeine, chocolate, etc. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes an ocular migraine?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes an ocular migraine?

Vascular phenomenon: Migraines are caused by changes in the blood flow in your head. Ocular migraines are caused by a reduction of flow to the back of your brain. They last 15-60 minutes and resolve without treatment. These symptoms are typically not treated as they resolve. If you have them frequently, then migraine prophylaxis may be used. See a neurologist or primary care physician for management. ...Read more

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Bad ocular migraine 5 days ago now with visual static won't go away. Why?

Bad ocular migraine 5 days ago now with visual static won't go away. Why?

See doc!: Any change or worsening of a typical headache (for you) is a sign that something worse may be going on. Call your doc now or go to an ER. ...Read more

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I've been having this ocular migraine that has lasted over 3 hours. How can I stop the headache?

I've been having this ocular migraine that has lasted over 3 hours. How can I stop the headache?

Nasal Decongestant: Try a nasal decongestant spray. This will decrease the swelling in the delicate plexus of nerves within your nose that triggers occular migraines. ...Read more

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What's causes ocular migraine? Can computer use cause this?

Many possible: Causes. Increased stress, decreased sleep, dehydration, low blood sugar, changes in caffeine, certain times of the month, dietary culprits, barometric pressure changes, bright flickering lights. If you already had a normal head ct, then I recommend you keep an episode diary for 6 wks looking for your triggers. ...Read more

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Have there been any significant advances in the treatment of ocular migraine?

No new treatments!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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Had first ocular migraine last week. Also have had a dull headache on top right portion of head. Comes and goes, feels better now when I lay down.?

Had first ocular migraine last week. Also have had a dull headache on top right portion of head. Comes and goes, feels better now when I lay down.?

Sure it's migraine?: Any new onset migraine should be evaluated by a clinician. Normally a migraine with aura shouldn't linger for days. You should also have your blood pressure checked when you are up and about with headache and when you lie down. And possibly also have your ocular pressures checked to be sure the "ocular migraine" isn't glaucoma. It may be just migraine, but need to rule out other possibilities. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to see a neurologist for an ocular migraine?

Is it recommended to see a neurologist for an ocular migraine?

No: Your eye md and / or primary care physician should be able to diagnose and make recommendations on the best way to control. If there is atypical presentation or other symptoms, a consult with neurologist may be relevant. ...Read more

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Had my first ocular migraine. Should I be worried about something worse like MS or tumor? Diagnosed ocular migraine at emergency room

Had my first ocular migraine. Should I be worried about something worse like MS or tumor? Diagnosed ocular migraine at emergency room

Worry is useless: If this was the only such event - you could let it be. If it's no a single thing - follow-up w/ a full exam. Read: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/expert-answers/ocular-migraine/FAQ-20058113
ERs may not have had a specialist at hand nor time for final Dx. Let's hope yours is simple and you're OK! ...Read more

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After having one ocular migraine after never having one for 50 years of life with no headaches, is it more or less likely to get more migraines?

After having one ocular migraine after never having one for 50 years of life with no headaches, is it more or less likely to get more migraines?

More likely: Migraine is a life long risk. It flares during puberty, child bearing and with age. Older patients may develop more complex events. Use Aspirin to protect your brain. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Random white flashy circles in peripheral both sides. Full vision good in peripheral and front. Ocular migraine or beginning of retina tear? Worried

Random white flashy circles in peripheral both sides. Full vision good in peripheral and front. Ocular migraine or beginning of retina tear? Worried

Migraine: You are having symptoms in both eyes. Retinal detachment can start with such symptoms but is extraordinarily rare in both eyes except after severe eye trauma. Your symptoms are much more likely that of ocular (or occipital) migraine. If you are worried to the point of distraction or sleep loss, then check with your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I've had an ocular migraine since sunday night. I've finally decided to go to the doctors today. What are they going to do for it? This is my first migraine. I'm also weak, unsteady, back of my headhurtsalso

History, exam...CMD: Need to establish correct diagnosis. Requires good history from patient, thorough exam, perhaps other tests, such as blood tests, and/or imaging like ct or mri. Need to get seen asap. ...Read more

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Can an ocular migraine occur in only one eye?

Can an ocular migraine occur in only one eye?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines usually affect the vision out of both eyes and the origin is the occipital cortex. Retinal migraines affect the vision out of one eye and the origin is the retina, and will only happen in one eye at a time. ...Read more

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Does ocular migraine cause blurred vision?

Does ocular migraine cause blurred vision?

During attack: Ocular (occiipital) migraine can blur the vision during the attack. The vision returns to normal after the attack is over. If blur persists after the attack, then look for another cause. ...Read more

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Could ocular migraine cause tinnitus? Any relationship between them?

Could ocular migraine cause tinnitus? Any relationship between them?

Ocular migraines!: Yes, ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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