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Ocular Migraine


What is an 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.

How is an ocular migraine diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your eye. He will ask you to describe your visual symptoms. Tell him if you have a personal or family history of migraines.

How is an ocular migraine treated?

If your symptoms do not happen often, no treatment may be needed. Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed. You may be given medicine if you also have migraine headaches or if your symptoms are frequent.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. 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.

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