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Ocular Migraine

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is an ocular migraine?

An ocular migraine is a temporary vision disturbance in both eyes. You may also have a headache during or after the disturbance. The cause of an ocular migraine is not known. An ocular migraine that happens in only 1 eye is called a retinal migraine.

What are the signs and symptoms of an ocular migraine?

Signs and symptoms can last from a few seconds to an hour. You may have any of the following:

How is an ocular migraine diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your eyes. He or she will ask you to describe your symptoms. Tell him or her 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 happen often.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage ocular migraines?

What can I do to prevent ocular migraines?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

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