Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine: What Is It?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

About Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine

When someone uses the word “migraine” patients immediately think about terribly uncomfortable, even painful and debilitating headaches that can have some odd or frightening visual effects and result in nausea and feeling quite ill overall. But, at Eyecare Medical Group when we listen carefully to patients we often hear that otherwise healthy patients sometimes tell us that about once or twice a month they see these strange pulsing images in both eyes-both with their eyes open and closed! Sometimes they tell us that they start out small, may last 10-20 minutes and even cause their vision to become blurry. These episodes actually describe what we know to be an Ocular Migraine-a migraine without a headache! What patients are experiencing is the aura that many sufferers have before the onset of a classic migraine headache. An ocular or ophthalmic migraine often includes zigzag lines, colored lights or flashes of lights expanding to one side of your vision over perhaps 10 to 30 minutes. 

If you experience these symptoms, in order to be sure that this is not a sign of a more serious problem, you should schedule an evaluation and eye exam with Eyecare Medical Group so that we can rule out any other problems and work in concert with your primary care physician or a neurologist to make sure that other testing is not needed.

If you or someone you know has questions about ocular or ophthalmic migraine or suffers from the visual symptoms we mentioned above please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or facebook.com/eyecaremedicalgroup to schedule an appointment.