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Most Common Causes of Ocular Migraines

February 24th, 2017

Migraines of any sort are a source of irritation, vision impairment, and general discomfort. Although there are plenty of viable treatments to ease the pain of migraines, it’s beneficial to know exactly what can cause them, as well as knowing some of differences between various types of migraines.

All Migraines Aren’t Created Equal

Many of us may be familiar with the symptoms of classic migraines: moderate to severe pain, nausea, disorientation, and sensitivity to light. When it comes to ocular migraines, though, they’re usually accompanied by a separate set of symptoms, including:

  • Numbness, or tingling in the hands or face.
  • A feeling mentally disoriented.
  • Disrupted sense of touch, taste, or smell.
  • Seeing shimmering spots, flashing lights, or blind spots.

Although symptoms do vary from person to person, it doesn’t make them any less painful, discomforting, or inconvenient.

Ocular Migraines and Their Causes

As ongoing medical studies and research find new, innovative ways to diagnose and treat chronic and acute ocular migraines, eye care specialists are also discovering concrete reasons why people suffer from them. The most common reasons for ocular migraines are:

  • Environmental triggers, ranging from bright lights and loud sounds to high-stress situations, certain foods and alcohol consumption.
  • Genetic predisposition, especially if someone comes from a line of known migraine and chronic headache sufferers.
  • Changing hormone levels (which have been linked specifically to change due to menstruation, pregnancy and menopause). Further studies have shown that hormone levels can be affected by oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy.

Identifying your most commonly occurring triggers can help your eye care specialist make the best decision for you in terms of diagnosis and treatment options.

At Logan Eye Care, we make it our goal to provide the best eye care available in Lake Mary. If you or a loved one have one of these eye conditions or are experiencing any difficulty with your eyes, schedule your appointment with us today.