what is an optical migraine?

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    2. What is an optical migraine?

    As opposed to a real migraine, an optical migraine also involves an aura that comes before a migraine attack, but there is the absence of pain. This is rarer than the migraine that comes with severe pain. It is also know as acephalgic migraine or visual or ocular migraine. It is a migraine aura unaccompanied by headache.

    The visual disturbances that are experienced are flashing lights that look like zigzag or "fortress-like" lights. These auras usually begin as small visual marches crossing the field of vision that slowly fades away. Attacks like these last for several minutes to almost an hour.

    If it will come with a headache, the pain will follow in an hour. An optical migraine can also be experienced as a blind spot in the field of vision.

    3. How sure am I that I am experiencing an optical migraine?

    Migraines are usually diagnosed if the same symptoms are experiences over and over in many years. It is optical migraine if the same aura is experienced. In case there is a change in the visual pattern, it might be something more serious. A doctor should be consulted in this case.

    4. What could be the cause of these migraines?

    The cause for migraine is not yet confirmed, it has remained unknown. However, there have been theories that these headaches are caused by allergies, temporary edema of the brain and even endocrine disturbances. One thing is for sure, it is due to disturbance in the blood circulation in the brain. It has been proven that the pain is associated with the narrowing of blood vessels in the brain followed by dilation.

    5. What could be more serious causes of headaches if they are not migraines?

    Not all headaches are migraines and not all visual disturbances are caused by migraines. There could be more serious causes that may force you to consult a doctor. Visual changes can also be caused by partial seizures, a retina in the eye could have been detached, a "mini-stroke" or a transient ischemic attack, multiple sclerosis or even a brain tumor.

    6. Who is more likely to get an optical migraine?

    Optical migraines are usually experienced by more women than men at a ratio of 3:1. This is an illness that is usually inherited.

    7 Things You Should Know About Optical Migraines

    this is a rare migraine and scares one when it happens. i have them and my son has inherited them from me. mine occur as arches of light developing in my eye....the arches will progress until they fill the entire range of vision rendering one blind for as long as it lasts. when one starts you have a few minutes to try to get somewhere....and lay down in a dark room. the arches do not stop when you close your eyes...

    the irony is ....its nearly the same as a detacted retina's symptoms. so you need to have it check if when it begins.
     
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    Headaches are a mystery. I've had on and off neck pain (I know, know) at the tip of my spine for years which was first diagnosed as arthritis, then a certain "type" of migrane (because when I get them, they are completely debilitating), a possible bone spur (following an x-ray), then the usual shrug--who knows? deal with it.

    I will sometimes get a sensation (not a pain) like a tingling in a small spot just above my left eye and barely at the hairline above my forehead. It's annoying as hell and NOTHING gets rid of it except time. No doc knows that that's all about either.

    I've just come to chock up head anomalies as unsolvable because scientists still know so very little about the functions of the brain. It's, well, mind-boggling!
     
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    I get the optical migraines. Once the lights are gone the pain comes.

    The light starts a small spot far out in my vision. Then it moves closer on one side or the other. It gets bigger as it comes closer. Anything behind the light i cannot see. For instance i can move my hands behind the light and i cant see my hands anymore. So if you are doing anything you need to see your out of luck. For the most part you are basically blind

    The lights look like the sun just before sunset shimmering on water. It sparkles and moves. That part makes me a bit nauseous.

    And truthfully i am sick of getting all the rare stuff!
     
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    Landmark discovery in restoring sight to the blind...
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    Scientists make eye's retina from stem cells
    6 April 2011 - A part of the eye that is essential for vision has been created in the laboratory from animal stem cells, offering hope to the blind and partially sighted.
     
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    I've had them too - but they seem to be different for every person.

    Mine were brought on by tension/stress, it seems. In the beginning, always on the left side (which was always the side that I experienced acute facial pain as well) but over the past couple years, they've gone to the right side. My neurologist says that's normal.

    My version was a pulsing, undulating aura in my peripheral vision. Scared me when it first happened - went in and had the whole eye test thing done. My eyes are great and this isn't as uncommon as one might think. Great. :rolleyes:

    There wasn't pain with my optical migraines either. Just "regular" migraines. Yipee!
     
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    Isn't Avastin also used for diabetes?...
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    Cheaper eye disease drug as good as pricier one
    4/28/2011 - Patients with wet macular degeneration given monthly shots of Avastin show improvement
     
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    My mom gets the optical migraines, but she doesn't have any pain. I get the regular migraines, all pain with no optical stuff. Man did I get the short end of the stick!!!
     
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    I have had those as well. Twice in my lifetime. No pain, just a weird squiggly light show.
     
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    now i have had the pain ones..damn they suck....just like something is exploding inside your head...last one i had with pain was years ago.....it was sudden and i was kicking the wall....screaming....good times.....now here is what kinda freaks me out....since all this stuff with my mother has been happening....high stress...court drama...etc...i didnt have a single migraine...go figure
     
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    I get similar symptoms when it seems like the most important part of my vision is blocked out by some strange blur or shiny or darkened lines and I can ever see straight. And that is a big warning that a head splitting migrane is to come. It's probably not your eye but one of the symptoms of migrane which is seeing auras.
     

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