Ocular Migraine

woman closing eyes in pain

The name conjures up pain, but ocular migraines are less about headaches and more about a vision problem. Ocular migraines are temporary visual disturbances that can last up to 30 minutes. This condition can affect one eye or both eyes simultaneously. An ocular migraine does not typically cause pain unless accompanied by a migraine headache.

Ocular Migraine Symptoms

Multiple visual symptoms can signal an ocular migraine attack. Ocular migraines can appear suddenly and distort your field of vision like a cracked mirror or window. It is frightening, but the symptoms usually disappear within a half-hour.

A small blind spot will appear, often surrounded with flickering lights and wavy lines surrounding the perimeter of the spot. The blind spot will enlarge and sometimes moves across your field of vision during the ocular migraine attack.

Ocular migraine sufferers can also experience prodromes that develop days or weeks before an attack. Prodromes can cause mood swings, food cravings, and sluggishness.

Ocular Migraine Causes

Many things that trigger migraine headaches are also root causes behind ocular migraines. If you have a family history of suffering from migraine headaches, your chances are much higher for struggling with ocular migraines.

Changes in blood flow to the brain occur while suffering from an ocular migraine. These migraines are triggered by a build-up of inflammation around the nerves and blood vessels in the brain and the rest of the head.

Middle-aged adults are the most common migraine sufferers. Women are three times more likely than men to suffer from migraines.

Common migraine triggers include cigarette smoke, perfume, bright or flickering lights, sleep deprivation, and stress. Certain foods can also be a problem including cheese, caffeinated drinks, red wine, chocolate, smoked meat, and artificial sweeteners.

Ocular Migraine Treatments

Since ocular migraines cause no pain and typically disappear within a half-hour, there is no specific treatment required for this eye condition.

If you are driving, reading or performing a task that requires good vision, stop the activity and relax during an ocular migraine attack. Resume your activity once your vision returns to normal. If it is accompanied by a migraine headache, visit your eye care professional to get an eye exam and discuss some treatment options.

Keep a log of your diet and activities to help you identify ocular migraine triggers. This will help you know what foods to avoid consuming and activities to avoid doing in the future.

Location

Find us on the map

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

10:00 am-6:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-6:30 pm

Friday:

8:30 am-3:30 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Closed the 2nd Wednesday of the month and open the following Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays & the Wednesday immediately preceding the 2nd Saturday of the month
Appointments Available | Urgent Care Walk-ins Welcome on Space Available Basis

Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "5 stars for my favorite eye doctor, Dr. Quensenberry! He and his staff are just so nice and personable....best in town!"
    Sally W.
  • "I was referred by one of my coworkers. I was extremely satisfied the doctor is very concerned about his patience which is very refreshing. He made me feel like i was important unlike somewhere else i had been before. My thanks to the staff in the office keep up the hard work."
    Joseph C.
  • "My 2nd follow up.....Went the same ....Super thorough exam....Awesome
    Doctor & Staff...including BiG Smiley Faces! I really appreciate all of
    you & your efforts to please!"
    Jean W.