Ocular Migraine (Visual Aura)
An ocular migraine (migraine with visual aura) is an episode of vision loss in one eye, usually lasting less than one hour and is associated with a headache. An ocular migraine can mimic other serious conditions, so it is very important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible if experiencing these symptoms.
Ocular migraine / visual aura signs or symptoms may include a blind spot in the central area of vision which can start small and get larger. It usually lasts less than 60 minutes. It usually presents in one eye. It can also affect the peripheral (side) vision.
To diagnose ocular migraine with visual aura, Dr. Craig will review a thorough case history, including details about prior headaches and migraines. He will perform a comprehensive eye exam with dilation. Neurologic testing and/or additional blood work or imaging may be necessary to rule out other, more serious, causes.
Ocular migraine treatment will typically mirror migraine treatment based on the doctor’s recommendations. This may include over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. More severe cases may require prescription medications to help with the migraines and symptoms that accompany migraines such as nausea.
Ocular migraines are typically caused by reduced blood flow or spasms of blood vessels in the retina or behind the eye. Risk factors include:
Females more commonly affected
Age 30-39 most commonly affected
Family history of migraine
The best way to prevent ocular migraine is to follow migraine prevention measures including identifying triggers – and avoiding them. Keep a headache journal including information about what you were doing, eating, or medications taken before or after a headache occurs.
Common Migraine Triggers:
Bright / Flashing Lights
Drinking Alcohol (Red Wine)
Not Eating Enough
Eating Too Much
Too Little Sleep
You deserve the best possible eyesight. Get the crispest, clearest vision by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam at Family Eye Care Center in Elkins, WV. We offer diagnostic testing, corrective lenses and ocular migraine management for you and family members of all ages from birth onward. To learn more and schedule an appointment, call: (304) 636-9111.
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