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What is a scintillating scotoma?

What is a scintillating scotoma?

Migraine: A scintillating scotoma occurs with some migraines. It is a distortion of the side vision with a shimmering or wavy effect. The vision in the area of the shimmer is impaired. It is typically in both eyes at the same time, although it can be more prominent in one. It can be stationary or move. Scintillating scotoma are alarming but do not cause long-term vision loss. ...Read more

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How do you treat "scintillating scotoma"?

How do you treat "scintillating scotoma"?

Ocular Migraine : Scintillating schotomas are part of the ocular migraine symptoms. It sounds like a typical ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine. Patients can have spasm of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms without headache. If it persists or interferes with her daily activities she should go to her primary care doctor for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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What can you do about scintillating scotoma?

What can you do about scintillating scotoma?

Patience: This is a component of ocular migraine, which has its origination in the occipital lobes of the brain. Most are of short duration although the visual diminution in the center can be very disturbing. Ocular (occipital) migraine is benign, causes no permanent changes and clears with no after effects. If very frequent, you could seek the help of a neurologist but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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I have scintillating scotoma. What causes it?

I have scintillating scotoma. What causes it?

Patience: This is a component of ocular migraine, which has its origination in the occipital lobes of the brain. Most are of short duration although the visual diminution in the center can be very disturbing. Ocular (occipital) migraine is benign, causes no permanent changes and clears with no after effects. If very frequent, you could seek the help of a neurologist but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever treated a scintillating scotoma?

Has anyone ever treated a scintillating scotoma?

Classical Migraine: Scintillating scotoma usually represents ocular component of migraine. If it occurs preceding a one-sided headache this is classical migraine. Scint. Scot. Has no treatment but the headache that follows can be prevented by intake of couple of cups of regular coffee or cola drinks. Also see your eye md. ...Read more

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I've got scintillating scotoma. What is causing it?

Migraine: Almost always this is due to occipital migraine (the occipital lobe is the portion of the brain which registers the vision). These migraines are usually benign, last several minutes to 2 hours, and are accompanied by greying out areas in one side of each eye surrounded by flashing lights (the scintillating scotomas). These fade with no trace and the eye goes back to normal. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do about scintillating scotoma?

Relax and ignore it: A scintillating scotoma is a benign visual disturbance that can be the start of a classic migraine headache, or occur alone as an ophthalmic migraine without any associated headaches. There is no effective treatment for a scintillating scotoma. ...Read more

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What is a scintillating scotoma and what does it indicate?

Ocular migraine: There are three kinds of migraines. Some people see a 10 to 15 minute visual disturbance followed by a headache. This is a classic migraine. Some people only see the visual disturbance without a headache. This is called an ocular or ophthalmic migraine. Please look online to see the typical appearance of a scintillating scotoma. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had a scintillating scotoma that lasted long?

Has anyone ever had a scintillating scotoma that lasted long?

Yes: If your scotoma lasts longer than 15 minutes permenant retinal damage can occur. The scotoma is caused by constriction of the blood flow to your retina. If the scotoma is close to or covers the center of your vision it is more serious. Treatment can be as simple as an adult low strength Aspirin to anti migraine drugs. Can be caused by other neurological problems full evaluation is reccomended! ...Read more

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Could you contribute any stories or facts about "scintillating scotoma"?

Could you contribute any stories or facts about "scintillating scotoma"?

Part of Migraine: The aorta carries blood from the heart with smaller and smaller branching until reaching the retinal artery. Any spasm of blood vessel along the way will decrease oxygen to the retina. The only kind of signal that the retina can send is a message of light which you see as 'scintillating scotoma'. In classical migraine, a headache follows. To prevent headache take a jolt of caffiene right away. ...Read more