Coping with Visual Migraines

November 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Migraines

Due to the increasing number of patients with migraines, studies have immersed to identify the causes. The most common migraine condition among patients is the visual migraine. The clear relationship between headaches and eyesight evens out other signs going toward this health condition that can be life altering.


There are various concerns that can lead to different kinds of migraines. Stress, normal daily activities, and chemical imbalances of the body are usual causes for normal migraines, while graver ones are brought about by tumors present. Normal daily activities can also be a source. This is the case for visual migraines, which comes as a result of incorrect lighting perceived by the eyes.


Anyone can experience visual migraines, and due to the variation of each person’s visual capability, there are instances that allow the connection of headaches due to one’s eyesight come with factors that are not comprehensible.


The incapability of one’s eyes to take in too much signals of light is the foremost cause of this type of migraine. The brain sends out warning signals because of one’s sensitivity to patterns of light. These signs are then converted to sensations of pain, thus resulting to a migraine.


The brain also tends to stimulate visual migraines in order to correct one’s visual behavior. This is the case when you experience extreme headaches while you read in places that are low in light or when straining your eyes from being in front of the television or computer. This is because the optic nerves receive high levels of stress.


Aggravated cell tissues may also be the cause in other health scenarios. Studies have shown that people who have eye problems, such as having tumors located in the eyeball, are most likely to experience visual migraines, as this mass at the back of the eyes activate signals of pain leading to visual headaches.


Treatment for this kind of migraine is dependent on the source. If it is because you are highly sensitive to colors that are sharp and bright lights, then you must avoid looking at them for long periods. However, if it is due to vision problems, it is best to see an ophthalmologist to assess your eyesight.


Consulting other specialists in other associated fields of medicine is also encouraged, such as checking with a neurologist or doctor specializing in EENT, to know about other causes of your migraine.


Should the pain still be tolerable, you may opt to drink painkillers, such as mefenamic acid and paracetamol. If the pain persists, then have yourself checked out by your doctor and he or she will administer the appropriate diagnostic tests.


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