Question: Are Visual Migraines Serious?

What causes a visual migraine?

Ocular migraines are caused by reduced blood flow or spasms of blood vessels in the retina or behind the eye.

In an ocular migraine, vision in the affected eye generally returns to normal within an hour.

Ocular migraines can be painless or they can occur along with (or following) a migraine headache..

Is an ocular migraine a sign of a stroke?

Migraine with aura isn’t a stroke, and it’s not usually a sign that you’re about to have a stroke. People with a history of migraine with aura may be at higher risk of stroke, so it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of both. Migraine and stroke can occur together, but it’s rare.

Can anxiety cause ocular migraines?

Ocular migraines can be a nuisance but usually no treatment is required. Often a patient’s first ocular migraine can be very alarming causing anxiety which can trigger further ocular migraines. Simple reassurance from your doctor can often lower anxiety levels and reduce or eliminate the ocular migraines.

When should I see a doctor for ocular migraine?

It is important to talk with a doctor about severe, frequent, or disabling headaches, as well as those that cause other symptoms, such as sensory problems or nausea. A person should seek emergency care for visual symptoms that affect only one eye.

Should I see an eye doctor for ocular migraine?

But usually, loss of vision in one eye isn’t related to migraine. It’s generally caused by some other more serious condition. So if you experience visual loss in one eye, be sure to see a doctor right away for prompt treatment.

Should I worry about visual migraines?

Aura is generally harmless. The visual disturbances may temporarily interfere with certain daily activities such as reading or driving, but the condition usually is not considered serious. It has been noted, however, that aura may be associated with a small increased risk of stroke (cerebral infarction) in women.

Why am I seeing zig zags in my vision?

What causes ocular migraines? A migraine that involves visual disturbance is called an ocular migraine. 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.

Can dehydration cause ocular migraines?

What Are Migraine Triggers? Retinal migraines are more likely to be triggered by other factors: intense exercise, dehydration, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, hot temperatures and tobacco use. Certain foods can trigger both types of visual migraines: Red wine or other alcohol.

How do you get rid of an ocular migraine fast?

The visual portion of an ocular migraine typically lasts less than 60 minutes, so most people don’t need treatment for them. It’s best 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.