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Visual Migraines and Ocular Migraines

[Malte Urbschat, Phosphenes and scotomas, 2005. Malte Urbschat is a German professional artist. In this piece, he has represented - among other migraine aura symptoms - phosphenes and scotomas (i.e. visual aura symptoms)] *** []
[Malte Urbschat, Phosphenes and scotomas, 2005. Malte Urbschat is a German professional artist. In this piece, he has represented – among other migraine aura symptoms – phosphenes and scotomas (i.e. visual aura symptoms)] *** []

If you are visiting this site, you have likely experienced a visual migraine (ocular migraine, ophthalmic migraine, eye migraine).  In general, this refers to the visual warning signs or aura of a migraine attack. It can be a frightening phenomenon.  Those affected by visual migraines are good candidates for using migraine glasses (FL-41) to reduce the number of occurrences and severity of the occurrence.

Recently, an LA Times article addressed a different “Visual Migraine” in their piece titled, ‘What it looks like inside a migraine’.  Migraine is difficult to explain and instead of struggling with words, some are producing art that does a better job.

“If you have a migraine, you may have visual disturbances, you may have sensory disturbance and you may have pain,” says Klaus Podoll of the department for psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychosomatics at the University Hospital Aachen in Germany. “It is often very difficult for patients to describe something like that in five or 10 minutes. In a picture, you can show them all, at the same time.”  The image titled Malte Urbschat’s “Phosphenes and Scotomas” describes his migraine aura symptoms. (Malte Urbschat)

Learn more about migraine eye symptoms.

One thought on “Visual Migraines and Ocular Migraines

  1. Headacheslayer says:

    It is believed that CS Lewis suffered from ocular migraines–the descriptions of the bizarre happenings to Alice could be attributed to them; thus auras have sometimes been nicknamed “Wonderland Syndrome”.

    I experience types of auras, usually flashing lights or lightning streaks–like living with Tinkerbell all the time. My most frightening experience w/ aura was my very first one–I lost complete vision in half of both eyes. I had no pain, just blindness, for an hour.

    The only reason I didn’t completely panic was that my aunt went completely blind before a migraine and her vision returned an hour later as well. A check up with my opthalmologist confirmed my eyes were fine–I’d just had my first ocular migraine.

    This was the start of my battle with chronic daily headaches/complex migraine disease–all due to 2 rides on a roller coaster that preceded the blindness.

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