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Ocular Migraines - Eye Problems & Migraines

A common trigger for migraine headaches, which ranks right up there with stress and hormonal changes, is visual problems. This is understandable when you remember that a primary migraine cause is a constriction in the blood vessels going to the neural center. These have blood vessels which go directly toward the brain, which can lead to migraines. 

Not all visually-caused migraines are the same, of course. There are different forms of eye migraines.The four main types are known as acephalgic migraines (otherwise known as silent migraines), ocular migraines, ophthalmic, and ophthalmoplegic migraines. 

Acephalgic migraines are, surprisingly, migraines without the headache. This is counter-intuitive to most, because we tend to think a migraine is a headache. However, the pain is only one symptom a migraine (It just happens to normally be the most noticeable one). Other symptoms of migraines, which will also afflict the person with an acephalgic migraine, include vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, congestion, dizziness and visual problems. The visual problem is the most noticeable characteristic of acephalgic eye migraines.

Acephalgic eye migraines are treated similarly to other forms  of migraine. However, use caution, as other conditions might produce similar symptoms. 

The second type of eye-related migraines are ocular. These are rare, and generally they last for less than an hour. During an ocular migraine, the person can get either a complete or partial blindness in a single or both eyes. Ocular migraines also sometimes come without the headaches, although in other instances, a headache will strike, but following the visual disturbances. Ocular headaches sometimes strike every week, every month, or even every year. A few people can even go years before experiencing another.

A third kind of eye migraines are ophthalmic ones. These have similar symptoms to ocular migraines, but they strike during the peak of another migraine. For example, if a person suffers from a migraine attack, it's common for an eye disturbance such as complete or partial blindness to occur with it.Actually, ophthalmic migraines are some of the most common eye migraines. The International Headache Society, however, does not classify them separately, since they always strike as part of another form of migraine. For this reason, it's difficult getting information about ophthalmic migraines.

And finally, one last form of eye migraine is called the ophthalmoplegic migraine. This is the rarest of all eye migraines and in fact, some health experts will not even classify it as a migraine.With this type, the head pain is quite severe, plus there is a weakness in the person's eye muscles. This weakness leads to a temporary state of double vision and a dilated pupil. This form is usually found in children, and rarely in adults.

If you feel that you might suffer from some form of eye migraines, speak with your doctor about it. He can help you determine if this is what it is, and if so, he will diagnose what kind of eye migraine it is. He will also help you develop a way to treat the symptoms and get some relief, and possibly prevent some future attacks.

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