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Optical Migrane

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  • Posted By: TaylorKaze
  • February 28, 2009
  • 05:09 PM

My mom has mentioned she sees what she descrbed as a 'C, but jagged slightly' in one eye. This is the same eye she spilled contact goo(That's what I call it. I can't remember offhand the compostion of contact fluid, but while putting contacts in she she ended up with it spilled in her eye. I heard it was a stroke symptomom, but I don't think that is the case, because blood clotting is unlikely.

So, I am just naturally worried.

Does anyone know what this 'optical migrane' means? It can be brought on by doing things like watching a lot of TV or too much computer. (Edit: Yes. I know I sound like a computer. Right now I am trying to be incredibly clear and not be immature)

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  • I appreciate you being clear and I don't think you sound like a computer. :)Does anyone know what this 'optical migraine' means? It can be brought on by doing things like watching a lot of TV or too much computer.An optical migraine (aka acephalgic migraine, visual or ocular migraine) mean it is a migraine (very painful, usually one-sided headache) with the 'aura' present but without the headache. These auras (visual disturbances) usually occur one hour before the headache and may be spots or zig-zag like patterns. With an ocular migraine, the headache never comes and the optical issues should not last all the time. If your Mom's "c, but jagged slightly" is constant, I doubt this is the cause. Seeing floaters or other visual disturbances can be caused by a variety of factors, including getting something in the eye. How long has this persisted? She should really go see an eye doctor--an optometrist. If she did get something in her eye, it can damage the eye. The eye needs to be looked at to determine the cause. Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA's, mini strokes), infection, retinal detachment.....the list of causes goes on and on. Please take her to get checked out.
    Harmonium 322 Replies
    • February 28, 2009
    • 05:51 PM
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  • The above is a spot-on answer. I get ocular migraines (the zig zag pulsating prism light show without the following migraine) and they last from about 10 to 40 minutes per episode. I've had 5 episodes in my 30 years of life, so that describes how they are not constant yet when they happen it isn't simply a flash of light. It slowly grows over the 10 to 45 minute time frame, taking more and more of my field of vision with it, but once it disappears, my vision is 100 percent back to normal.
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