What is the Difference Between an Ocular Migraine and a Retinal Migraine?

Migraines are far more debilitating than a regular headache not only because of the intense pain, but because they can cause vision problems in one or both eyes.

A retinal migraine, also known as an ocular migraine, is rarer than a standard migraine and usually occurs in just one eye. It doesn’t tend to last as long as a migraine either. Instead, it causes brief attacks of visual issues, flashing lights, or temporary blindness that last about 10-20 minutes. It is not unusual for a headache to accompany the vision problems, but, sometimes, only loss of vision is the only symptom. These attacks may come every few months and tend to be in the same eye each time.

These symptoms can be quite upsetting, but they are not causes for concern. Once the retinal migraine passes, the eyesight should go back to normal.

Migraine Prevention

Stress and Anxiety         
Stress is one of the biggest triggers for a migraine so where possible, try to reduce stress or carve out some ‘me time.’ Relaxation after a stressful time can help reduce the likelihood of your stress leading to a migraine.

Strong Odours
Some migraines are triggered by strong odors such as cleaning products or perfumes. If strong odors are one of your triggers, try to avoid them if you can or ensure you’re in a well-ventilated space.

Red Wine or Other Alcohol
Your favourite tipple can do more than give you a hangover. Alcohol has been linked to migraines, so be sure to drink in moderation and stay hydrated with water.

Artificial Sweeteners
While excessive refined sugar is not great for your health, replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners may be doing more harm than good. Studies have shown there may be a relationship between artificial sweeteners and migraines.

Migraine Medication
Retinal, Ocular, and standard migraines can be caused for any number of reasons so you may still get them even when you avoid your triggers. Thankfully, there are many medications available that can help alleviate the symptoms.

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