Did you know that one in every five people who experience migraines suffer from ocular migraines, also known as retinal migraines? As implied by the name, ocular migraines affect vision. Specifically, individuals suffering from an ocular migraine typically experience vision loss, flashing, or even blindness in one or both eyes for a period of time. Unlike migraine headaches, ocular migraines do not usually cause pain in the eye; however, ocular migraines often precede or coincide with regular migraines.
What Causes Ocular Migraines?
The jury is still out on what causes ocular migraines. Some studies have shown that genetics and hormones can play a role in causing them. Certain events, such as weather changes, anxiety, or bright lights, may also induce them in some people. Additionally, ocular migraines could be linked to food sensitivities, including caffeine, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, and more.
We recommend keeping a journal of when you experience ocular migraines, as well as what you did and ate the day that it started. Keeping notes may help you identify patterns and determine if a certain food or event is triggering the migraines. Then you can avoid those things in your everyday life and see whether or not the ocular migraines go away.
Treatment for Ocular Migraines
If ocular migraines precede or coincide with regular migraines, there are prescription medications you can take to ease the pain. Talk with your doctor about your options and what would be best for you. In addition to or in place of prescription medications, we recommend lying down in a dim, quiet place and putting pressure on your temples. You can also try putting a damp towel on your forehead to reduce discomfort.
If you are suffering from ocular migraines, the team at Broberg Eye Care is here to provide you with the support you need to minimize them or find the root cause, when possible. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.