How to Recognize an Ophthalmic Migraine

November 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Migraines

Ophthalmic migraines are currently on the list of most alarming health situations. This type of ailment is rare; however, it is still vital that one is aware of what the causes of such head pains are to know how to prevent them from happening. You may already have the symptoms of this type of migraine without being aware of them.


When you experience moderate to extreme headaches that occur in intervals, these are what you call migraines. Migraines can be indications of a severe health problem. The pain, as well as its source, actually differs in each person and sometimes the source cannot be identified. However, for ophthalmic migraines, it can be recognized.


Ophthalmic migraines are brought about by the visual ability of the afflicted person. People usually are not aware that defects in their vision can cause headaches. In order to identify this, a person has to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist and should undergo certain tests.


There are a lot of symptoms that arise due to ophthalmic migraines. The most common of which are those that are connected to eyesight. One variation may bring about your seeing white lights that are bright and flashing, accompanied with a zigzagging line if using your peripheral vision. Dealing with this type of symptom, patients are advised to go to a dark room in order to play down the chaotic patterns of light in the surroundings. This particular symptom, most of the time, recedes after a few minutes, which is why it does not require any medical treatment.


However, there are also instances wherein you may have this type of migraine and you do not experience any symptoms. There are those who also have headaches that are not related to any visual deficiency and vice versa. When blood vessels near the eyes are constricted, this causes the vessel behind them to spasm. This is termed as vasospasm, thus resulting to a migraine. This again requires no medical treatment and it takes a period of time for it to recur after you experience it. Others though may incur multiple spasms in regular intervals. Should the pain become intolerable, you can take medicine for the pain, such as mefenamic acid or paracetamol, which are easily available at drug stores when experiencing an ophthalmic migraine.


Generally this type of migraine is not as extreme as other kinds. However, there may be times wherein it can be really painful that others may view it as life-threatening. It is best to consult your doctor first to get professional advice on how to deal with it and avoid factors that may trigger migraines to live a pain-free life.


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