What are ocular migraines? Why is it important to consult the doctor?

What are the ocular migraines Why is it important to consult the doctor
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What are ocular migraines? Why is it important to consult the doctor?

  • June 2, 2021


Have you ever noticed a shimmering light patch? Moreover, it starts to get wide until it covers the entire area of your vision.

If yes, then in medical terms it is known as an ocular migraine. Although there is no need to worry about the condition, if someone has not had it in the past then it can be difficult for them to deal with it. Many people often get scared by seeing the term migraine. You can say that the term attached with the ocular can be misleading in itself and as you have not had it in the past, so it will be more difficult to get it managed. Migraine is mostly used for the condition when a person has a severe headache.

Different types of visual migraines

It is important to understand that ocular migraines in themselves are not the problem. The problem is triggered depending on what is the type as sometimes they can be due to a severe medical condition. This is the reason, it is important to get yourself checked on time.

Migraine With Aura

Stats have shown that 1 in 5 people diagnosed with this condition get ocular migraines as the warning sign that you might have migraines in the future. If you have a problem with your eyesight, then make sure to seek medical assistance without any delay. If you have severe headaches and that too continuously, you need to consult a medical expert. In some cases, the extent of the issue can be managed by reducing the migraine frequency by controlling the:

  • Stress factor
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Getting less exposed to bright light

In case you smoke and use oral contraceptives, then it might be triggering the issue. SO, make sure to consult the doctor for better understanding.

Painless Ocular Migraine

In some cases, the visuals are extremely different and it is different for every person. In some cases, a person notices shimmering light and sometimes there is a flash of light or sometimes see zig-zag light. No matter how it appears, the problem will begin with less issue and then slowly it will impact the entire eye. In addition, both of your eyes will have the same impact.

Keep in mind, these are not linked to headaches and they can lead to negative effects on your motor and speech function but temporarily. Although the problem in itself is not that serious it can make it difficult for you to do work like:

  • Reading
  • Driving
  • Writing

In case you are experiencing or ever experience the visual distortions in your life, then you should wait for it to go away. In most cases, it takes around 1 hour to do so.

The Retinal Migraine

Though this type is rare, it is dangerous for your eye health. These occur when the blood flow is reduced to the eyes which are present in the retina constricting. This type might occur only 1 time but every few months. If you are experiencing this problem, then make sure to consult your medical expert without any delay. In certain cases, it might be linked to a serious health issue.

Wrap up!

If you are having trouble with your eye health, then do not delay the situation. We are here for you to give you the best care and treatment you deserve.