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Ocular Migraine


An ocular migraine, also called a retinal migraine, is a temporary visual disturbance in one of your eyes. You may have partial or complete blindness. You may see bright or flashing lights. These symptoms can last from a few seconds to 1 hour. You may have a migraine headache during or after the visual symptoms. The cause of an ocular migraine is not known.



  • Prescription pain medicine may be given if you also have a migraine headache. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your symptoms do not go away after 1 hour.
  • You have symptoms in both eyes.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.