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What does a migraine visual aura look like?
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In brief: Varies
Typically affects vision out of both eyes.
Descriptions range from jig-jaggy lines or squiggly lines, to gray holes in vision, to distorted vision. Sometimes sparking lights are noticed. Sometimes the aura spreads outward over several minutes, followed by the development of headache. Some people only experience the visual aura without headache.

In brief: Varies
Typically affects vision out of both eyes.
Descriptions range from jig-jaggy lines or squiggly lines, to gray holes in vision, to distorted vision. Sometimes sparking lights are noticed. Sometimes the aura spreads outward over several minutes, followed by the development of headache. Some people only experience the visual aura without headache.
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Dr. Richard Witlin
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
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In brief: Flashing lights
The visual aura usually precedes the on set of the headache.
It typically lasts about 15-25 minutes. Patients often describe flashing lights or jagged light formations that can resemble old military forts or the shimmering lights seen in intense sunlight or heat.

In brief: Flashing lights
The visual aura usually precedes the on set of the headache.
It typically lasts about 15-25 minutes. Patients often describe flashing lights or jagged light formations that can resemble old military forts or the shimmering lights seen in intense sunlight or heat.
Dr. Richard Witlin
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