Ocular Migraines: What They Are & How to Treat Them


Optical migraines, also called ocular migraines, are a condition where the sufferer experiences visual disturbances, and if you’ve ever experienced one, the episode can be quite unsettling.

Some symptoms that are often associated with optical migraines are:

·       Visual impairment, such as loss of peripheral vision, in one or both eyes

·       Visual ‘hallucinations’, like spinning colors or flashing lights

·       Blurred vision

·       Appearance of shapes, such as dots or zig-zags

·       Partial obstruction of vision

·       Headache behind one or both eyes

If a headache does result, it can last for a few hours to a few days, depending on the intensity. If you’re sensitive to optical migraines, keep in mind that they are often brought on by stress, food sensitivities, vigorous exercise, or intense exposure to sunlight. Take note of when they tend to occur for you, so you can avoid and prepare for them.

If you’re experiencing an optical migraine, it’s best to take a pain killer, such as Tylenol or Advil, and rest your eyes in a dark room. If you get them frequently, consult your physician or eye doctor.

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