Signs And Causes Of Ocular Migraines | Shinagawa Blog

Signs And Causes Of Ocular Migraine

Have you ever experienced a blind spot, bizarre zigzagging patterns, floating lines, and flashes of light, sometimes later accompanied by what can best be described as a headache behind the eyes? You may have experienced an ocular migraine.

Also called an ophthalmic migraine, ocular migraine is a condition where you experience a sudden loss of vision or see flashing lights.

What is an ocular migraine?

An ocular migraine – despite its name – is a set of visual disturbances that may or may not be accompanied by pain. Sometimes also called ophthalmic migraines, they are characterized by a small blind spot in the center of one’s vision that starts to enlarge and is often accompanied by flashing lights, as well as other visual manifestations; these types of migraines are typically nothing to worry about.

How long does an ocular migraine last?

Ocular migraines usually last between 30-60 minutes. If yours lasts longer, it’s best to seek advice from a healthcare professional to confirm that you are not experiencing the effects of an underlying health condition.

Ocular migraines can be accompanied by a variety of symptoms and you may or may not have them all.

Ocular migraine symptoms

  • Flashing lights
  • Blind spots affecting central vision (scintillating scotoma)
  • Zigzagging patterns
  • Changes in vision
  • Mental fog or fuzziness
  • Tingling in hands or face

Ocular migraine triggers

  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Wine
  • Smoking
  • Lack of sleep
  • Strong odors
  • Food additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Caffeine

If you feel like you’re often experiencing symptoms of ocular migraines, let us take a look at your eyes for your own good. Schedule an eye check-up!

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