Ocular Migrains & You | The Vision Gallery Edmonton

HEADS UP: Ocular Migraines & You

Man with ocular migraineMany people are fortunate to not have to deal with migraine headaches and the intense pain associated with them. Those that are migraine sufferers know that the affliction can be sudden and long lasting with very few remedies available. Also, identifying causes is very complex– which, in turn, makes treatment difficult. We know one thing for certain: all migraines are not equal. One such unique type of migraine is an ocular migraine. Read on for Vision Gallery’s guide to this specific form of severe, chronic headaches accompanied by a loss in vision.


While “standard” migraines do cause some vision issues, ocular migraines are on a whole other level. The former can often create an aura around your vision: stars or spots, blindspots, zigzag patterns and light flashes will impact both eyes. On the other hand, ocular migraines are isolated to one eye— though it can be difficult to narrow down while suffering the pain and distraction of a migraine.


Here is a summary of some symptoms of an ocular migraine:

  • Blindness or flashing light in one eye only;
  • Moderate to very painful headache, often on one side;
  • Throbbing and pulsating that worsens with movement;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Sensitivity to light and sound.

As you can see, many of the symptoms mirror those of a standard migraine. Always consult your doctor if you are suffering any of the above.


The exact causes of ocular migraines are unknown, much like the standard alternative. There is a consensus that genetic or family is a major factor, so ask your relatives if migraines or ocular migraines run in your history. Current experts speculate that spasms in blood vessels or changing nerve cells in the retina could be part of the cause. Other factors such as environmental or lifestyle choices can also cause or increase your risk of ocular migraines.


Ocular migraines are usually short and can be dealt with by safely halting activity and resting your eyes. If they do no go away on their own or last for several hours, a medical professional may recommend: aspirin or other painkillers, certain antidepressants, blood pressure medication and even some drugs used to treat epilepsy. While not universal, the above treatments can be effective when taken under the supervision of a trusted doctor.

If you you are suffering from ocular migraines or similar symptoms, it is vital that you contact or visit the Vision Gallery today. Our caring staff and medical professionals will ensure you are tested and treated to the fullest extent of our skills. We can help you live a pain-free life with healthy eyes and vision.


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