About optical migraines:
Optical migraines are a specifically defined type of migraine condition. With optical migraines, the sufferer experiences noted symptoms of the condition which are different to other, more common types of migraine.
Optical migraines may also be called ocular migraines, acephalgic migraines, amigrainous migraine or migraine aura without headache.
Typically optical migraines are a condition where the sufferer experiences visual (ie. optical) disturbances and associated optical symptoms, as the name suggests. Normally an optical migraine sufferer does not experience a migraine 'headache', but may experience some dull pain during or after attacks.
When a patient suffers an optical migraine attack, many different symptoms have been reported. These symptoms include:
- Visual impairment in one or both eyes
- Visual 'hallucination' effects such as spinning colors and/or flashing lights
- Blurred vision
- Appearance of shapes and/or objects in the visual field
- Partial obstruction of vision
While these are some typical symptoms of optical migraine patients, optical migraine is a rare and somewhat unique condition, meaning that a sufferer may experience variable symptoms which can differ from "the norm".
Only an approximated 1% of all migraine sufferers suffer from optical migraine.
Optical migraines typically do not have an associated headache but sometimes they can. If they do have a headache that follows it is usually moderate to severe in intensity and may be centred around one eye. The throbbing pain will last between a few hours and a few days.
Normally an ocular migraine which has an associated headache is called migraine with aura or also 'classic migraine'. This is sometimes mistakenly thought to be an ocular migraine because of the visual symptoms involved, however a migraine with aura is simply a type of migraine which is preceded by aura symptoms.
A patient may, quite normally, experience a number of different types of migraine attacks over their lifetime and these are commonly linked to one another.
Understanding how migraines work, and ultimately link to each other over a lifetime, is absolutely key in treating and preventing these crippling headaches.
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Disclaimer: None of the information on this site is to be constituted as personal or medical advice. If you are experiencing migraines you are strongly advised to see your doctor. Risks of The Migraine Solution: As with any form of treatment, there are associated risks with The Migraine Solution program. Some of the treatment methods described may cause mouth irritation/ulcers, anticoagulation of the blood and possible allergic reactions. Although these symptoms are relatively rare, it is a legal requirement that I advise of these possible risks.