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What You Should Know About Optical Migraine

Author: Jumby Navarro

Everyday as we go about our work whether at home or in the office we experience random headaches which may be mild to severe and which may sometimes affect our daily activities. There are times when it is not only headaches that we experience but coupled with the headaches we have blurred vision, spots or other forms of optical changes. When these occur we usually associate these symptoms with migraine or an aura but we do not really know what kind or type is it or if it is really a migraine. Could these optical changes or visions together with the headaches be associated with an optical migraine?

Difference of a Migraine and an Optical Migraine

A migraine is a recurring type of painful headache occurring on only one side of the head. An aura may preempt a migraine attack with sudden visual changes, blind spots or bright lights and even auditory changes like ringing in the ears or buzzing sounds.

On the other hand, an optical migraine is an aura that comes without the headache or the pain that comes with a common migraine attack. It is also known as ocular or visual migraine. Just like with the common migraine, those who have optical migraine experience flashing lights or a blind spot and the attack would last for a few minutes to not more than an hour. Although some optical migraine attacks may come with a headache, the pain is not as severe and will come within an hour after the aura has subsided. This form of migraine occurs only on one eye at a time.

How to Determine an Optical Migraine

Optical migraine is diagnosed if the aura or the visual pattern experienced is always the same. If changes in the visual pattern occur a doctor should be consulted immediately because there might be more serious problems.

Visual disturbances may not necessarily be caused by migraine. Other possible causes of visual changes are partial seizures, a transient ischemic attack or mini stroke, multiple sclerosis, a brain tumor or a detached retina in the eye.

An additional factor in determining optical migraine is family history. It is hereditary and usually affects women more than men.

Causes of Optical Migraine

The real cause for optical migraine is not yet known, however, there are theories being investigated on that this migraine may be caused by endocrine disturbances, allergies and a temporary build up of fluids in the brain.

Certain foods and drinks can also be the causes of this type of migraine: red wine, chocolates, chicken liver, aged cheese, preserved meats (in nitrates) and foods with MSG (monosodium glutamate). Some causes that may instigate optical migraine and which is usually followed by classical migraine are: stress, premenstrual changes, too much alcohol consumption, use of contraceptive pills and irregular eating habits causing hunger. Over exercise and exposure to intense sunlight may also cause an optical migraine attack.

Other possible causes that can be readily addressed such as fixation to the television, habitual late night reading with wrong lighting or excessive concentration and long periods of computer work.

With all these information, you would be able to determine if you are having an ordinary headache, a common migraine or an optical migraine. Be sure to consult a doctor as soon as there is a change in your aura to avoid any problems in the future.

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9 Responses to Migraine Blurred Vision

  1. Kitteh says:

    blurred vision after migraine or affects of medication?
    I’ve recently had a terrible migraine which sent my neck into a horrible spasm which required me to be hospitalized and required Morphine.

    I’m not sure if my blurred and double vision is caused by.

    I’m on Valium 5mg to calm my muscles and myself down and voltaren oral, 50mg

    • T says:

      Usually when a migraine ends, so do the symptoms.

      The amount of meds you are taking are probably the source. Taking too much of a certain type of med can cause of lot of problems.

      Most definitely go back to the doctor and tell them your symptoms. It could be something else entirely.

      Also checkout website: mymigraineconnection.com

      I wish you well.

  2. Lost OC Boy says:

    Medical symptoms – bad migraine, brief blurred vision, and a small amount of blood from the nose?
    Could these three things together be a sign of something major? The bad migraine is a new symptom, but the blurred vision has happened a few times in the morning during the past two months. The blood from the nose happens several times a month, but is usually just a few drops when blowing the nose. Thoughts?

    • dr.shehryar says:

      Get yourself consulted with a Neurophysician!
      Sounds like a migraine. Usually basilar migraine produces blurred vision alng with typical headache. Get yourself checked and do mention the nose bleed
      Get WELL SOON

  3. Samantha Stokes says:

    how long do light spots n blurred vision last for after a migraine?
    i had a really bad migraine all day yesterday and now i have had blurred vision and light spots in my eyes for the past 10 hours. does anyone know how long this usually lasts for?

    • little vic says:

      Hmm my vision disturbances always happen preceding the headache… my mum used to get migraines that lasted a week almost. I’d contact your doctor if the lights dont go away soon.

  4. Carly says:

    my sister in law had an mri done tonight due to ongoing migraine with blurred vision the result says she has a?
    its says she has an abnormal spot on her brain what does this mean?

  5. jessicamukka says:

    I AM HAVING migraine headaches,tiredness,blurred vision,and ringing in my ears?
    I get 8 hours of sleep or more every night when i wake up im fine for like a hour or less then the migraine headaches the tiredness and blurred vision it last all day and every day and half the time i have dizzyness and see spots and a real high pitch in my ear

    • live2cheer247 says:

      Not trying to scare you but you need to go to the doctor ASAP. Thats what my aunt had and it ended up being a brain tumor but dont freak out it might just be stress or nerves but you should just go to the doctor to check it out.

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