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What You Should Know About Optical Migraine

Aug 17, 2007
Even though optical migraines do not have any specific definition, the general belief of an optical migraine is, one that includes a vision disturbance is known as an "aura". The auras may come with the pain of severe headache, or may not have any pain.

The migraines that come with an aura are rarer than common migraines. The common migraines do not have any aura, and they may be enervating the victim of the migraine. Normally a patient suffers from the vision disturbances that persist for 5-20 min, and seldom cause any permanent impairment to the eye. The auras may vary evidently from patient to patient, and even from headache to headache.

The appearance of an aura

The aura consorted with an optical migraine usually presents before the beginning of migraine pain. It may appear in different forms, which include blind spots, flashing light or bright colours, zigzagging lines or other geometric patterns. It can also include "floaters", which are very small objects that appear to float across the eye in a repetitive manner. These strange disturbances may also cause dizziness and nausea, a feeling of confusion or a sense of imbalance. These symptoms may occur in one or both the eyes.

Treatment for optical migraine

When anyone suffers from optical migraines, the best way of action is to lie down in a dark and quiet room with a cool compress over the eyes or forehead. Sleeping is usually the best remedy for these headaches, in addition, mostly, that will also eliminate the aura. If anyone suffers from frequent and intense optical migraines, it is better to consult a physician for prescription treatments.

Prescription medications either can be given on a day-to-day basis, to act as a preventative measure; or can be used at the first appearance of an optical migraine, to decrease or even eradicate the later symptoms. It is believed that Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the author of "Alice in Wonderland", suffered from optical migraines. Possibly, it was his fascinating aura, in association with a pictorial imagination, which brought off to invent a world of disappearing cats, shrinking people, and talking flowers.

Today, many physicians refer to the "Alice in Wonderland Syndrome" when talking about the diversity of auras that can take place during a migraine sequence. The good thing is that there are a number of treatments are available to reduce and even eradicate the number of optical migraines a person can get.
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