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Ocular migraine

What is ocular migraine?

Symptoms of ocular migraine

Consequences of ocular migraine

Risk factors for ocular migraine

Triggers of ocular migraine

Pain

What is ocular migraine?

An ocular migraine is a migraine that causes a disturbance to your vision. It may or may not occur with the accompanying pain of a classic migraine (normal) migraine.

An ocular migraine is also known as a migraine with aura. 20% of people who have regular, head-pain classic migraines also report having visual or aural symptoms.

Ocular migraines are probably the result of migraine activity in the visual cortex of the brain.

Ocular migraines may not need treatment and usually resolve on their own. However you should consult your doctor if you have them frequently or they are increasing in frequency, to ensure that there is no serious underlying condition.

If you experience significant vision loss, vision loss in one eye, or have trouble thinking, get urgent medical attention.

An ocular migraine should not be confused with a retinal migraine. A retinal migraine is rare and only affects one eye. Loss of vision in one eye may be a symptom of a more serious condition such as a retinal detachment. If you have vision loss or other symptoms in only one eye, seek medical attention.

Symptoms of ocular migraine

Symptoms typically last less than 30 minutes. Rest and avoid the triggers listed below such as bright lights until the vision disturbances are gone.

Consequences of ocular migraine

Ocular migraines are not considered a serious condition.

They can interfere with your ability to read, drive and safely perform your work.

Risk factors for ocular migraine

Triggers of ocular migraine

Triggers vary with the individual person, and often work in combination.

Keep a diary to try to identify your ocular migraine triggers. Note the details of your diet, sleep quality, exercise, stress level, menstruation and other factors in the days prior to each migraine episode.

Pain

If you experience pain while suffering an ocular migraine, see classic migraines.

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