Just wondering if anyone else here experiences Ophthalmic Migraines.
This is something I experience and is very strange when it happens. I can't read individual words on the computer screen or see tv very well. Doctor said it is okay and goes away with no injury to my eye. I think lots of others must experience this. Do you? My sister Elsie did.
Understanding and Treating Ophthalmic Migraine
Say the word “migraine”¯ and most people think of a headache. Those who have suffered from migraine think of excruciating pain in the head. They think of hours or even days of throbbing pain. This does not describe ophthalmic migraine, however.
Definition of Ophthalmic Migraine
Ophthalmic migraine involves the eyes, but does not include headaches. Like other migraines, this is due to a spasm of blood vessels in the brain. These spasms usually cause severe headache, but not with ophthalmic migraine. Ophthalmic migraine is characterized by visual disturbances. The migraineur may see flashes of light that look like jagged lines or “heat waves” rising from a hot road or vehicle.These disturbances may be in one or both eyes, often lasting 10-30 minutes, but without a headache. Ophthalmic migraine is sometimes called migraine without headache. It is commonly misspelled “ophthalmic migrain” or “ophthalmic migrane”.
Frequency of Ophthalmic Migraine
Ophthalmic migraine is quite common, though frightening to the person who has never before experienced it. It is usually not serious, and will go away within the hour. In rare cases, symptoms continue to recur on a regular basis, interfering with one’s quality of life and requiring treatment.
Causes of Ophthalmic Migraine
As with more well-known migraine, ophthalmic migraine can have many triggers. The cause behind the triggers is a temporary spasm in the blood vessels behind the eye. Called “vasospasm”, these are similar to a Charlie Horse, i.e., a cramp in a leg muscle.
Treatment of Ophthalmic Migraine
Symptoms usually go away by themselves after several minutes, or at least within one hour. Often, rest in a darkened room can be the best treatment during an attack. You will not want to drive or operate machinery, since vision is affected. Medical treatment is usually not necessary, and many people never suffer a second attack.
If you have recurring ophthalmic migraine, treatment is available with prescription medication. This will decrease both the frequency and severity of attacks. As with any prescription medication, there are side effects.
If you experience more than one ophthalmic migraine, you should see your health care provider for advice. He or she will want to rule out serious underlying causes.
The onset of ophthalmic migraine may be traced to one or more triggers. A few of many possibilities are:
* chemicals such as MSG in food * caffeine * prescription medications * hormonal changes * alcohol * stress * sleep loss * weather changes
I've experienced this over the last 20 years or so. The symptoms for me begin with wavy & blurred peripheral vision, a strange "tunnel vision" effect. This usually starts out slowly and progresses over 5 to 10 minutes ... at that point I'm usually laying down with my eyes closed waiting for it to subside. Really strange that the waves & ripples continue even with my eyes closed. No flashes of light, no real pain, it just feels like a light headache in my temples. I've never had an attack last more than 20 minutes, and have had maybe a half dozen occur each year.
Every time this had happened it is because of lack of sleep ... which means I've been up all night working on a deadline, stressed, ... and that usually means I've been staring into a bright computer screen for well over 20 hours and powering down coffee.
I've had my opthamologist check me out and he's said it's all very common ... (and to get more rest).
I switched to decaf too. I only get these months apart and they're never painful. Just bugs me when I can't see the computer screen good enough to read words individually.
Agreed they're just a nucense <-- correct spelling won't come up in speil checker , pesky and doc says not to worry. Sometimes I get some really pretty pasterns. I also found a web page that people send in drawings of what they see. Some in color and some in black and white.
I get the sharp, bright, undulating blue/green zigzags - and I've learned when that happens to get somewhere dark and/or cover my eyes with a cloth for 20 minutes or so, otherwise it turns into a full-on headache. It builds up and then fades out again, and while it's up to full strength I can't see to read or drive or anything.
I avoid certain fermented things (cheap english beer, undercooked tempeh) that I know kick it off. but sometime it just comes from nowhere.
Pretty, though - like aztec snake images.
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I get the same thing, but I would describe it this way. Remember snow on an old TV set? My migraines start as a random shape filled with this snow that may slowly change shape and also slowly move across my field of vision.
If this shape crosses my center of vision (fovea) then I can only read by using averted vision. This condition comes on slowly, it takes more than a couple of minutes to fully develop and lasts about 15 to 30 minutes. I get this about 3-4 times a year.
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