What Is Ocular Migraine?

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Ocular migraines can cause vision loss or blindness in one eye that lasts less than an hour. They usually start after a migraine or with a migraine.   Symptoms Ocular migraines have warning signs such as:
  • Vision problems that affect just one eye.
  • A headache that lasts from 4 to 72 hours.
  Causes The causes of ocular migraines are still unsure. They might be related to spasms in blood vessels in the retina, the lining in the back of the eye and changes that spread across the nerve cells in the retina.   Treatments Usually, you can get recovery from ocular migraines without any treatment within 30 minutes. It's better for you to stop what you're doing and rest your eyes until your vision goes back to normal. If you have a headache, take a pain reliever that your doctor recommends. If you get vision loss in one eye only, it could be due to a serious condition that isn't related to migraine. Visit your doctor right away for prompt treatment or go to the emergency room.     Keywords: eye migraine; ocular migraine; ocular_migraine
Causes of ocular migraines
Ocular migraines can develop with or without the accompanying pain of a classic migraine.
During an ocular migraine, or migraine with aura, you may see flashing or shimmering lights, zigzagging lines, or stars. Some people describe psychedelic images. It may also cause blind spots in your field of vision.
Ocular migraine is sometimes confused with retinal migraine, but they are two distinct conditions. A retinal migraine is rare and affects only one eye. Loss of vision in one eye can be a symptom of a more serious medical issue. If you have vision loss in one eye, you should seek medical attention to rule out any underlying conditions.
Genetics,Hormone levels  can cause it,and triggers vary from person to person and may include:
bright lights
loud sounds
powerful odors
stress, anxiety, relaxation after a period of stress
changing weather
alcoholic beverages, especially red wine
too much caffeine or withdrawal from caffeine
foods containing nitrates
foods containing monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG
foods containing tyramine
artificial sweeteners
You can try to identify your migraine triggers by keeping a headache diary. The diary should include notes on diet, exercise, sleep habits.
I have migraine when I'm dehydrated. Funny, a big problem is caused by a tiny thing. My primary asked me to take a record, and it turned out everytime I'm short of fluid I feel migraine, on one side of my head. The solutions is as well simple. Just hydrate myself. I thhink it's hilarious. Well, this also shows me we know ourselves better than anyone else, even the doctors.
I've had migraines since the 5 th grade. I just turned 72. This is the first time I've come across the term "ocular migraine" and it's what I e been describing my whole life. A copleof years ago I tried to discuss my triggers with my eye doctor and he actually said he had never heard of vision being impaired after I had experienced extreme/ intense flash of light. I was shocked that he didn't know about this. Surely I couldn't be the only one having this experience.  ( and he was considered the best ophamologist in my city !). The worst is a sudden flash like you experience when light reflects off a chrome bumper on a bright sunny day. I've learned to live with it. Glad to read it actually has a name and is recognized.
Any experienced opthalmologist should be familiar with ocular migraines. I have experienced this  malady for 50 years with no sequelae. I'm a retired MD.The trigger for me is a bright computer screen or a view box.
He should have heard of this. It is primarily a neurologic problem affecting the optic nerve and not the eyeball.  You can still see the pattern with your eyes closed.  Bright and/or flashing lights are my triggers.  Looking at my tablet or phone for too long or with the screen too bright can set mine off.