Everything you need to know about ocular migraine symptoms, trigger points, and prevention.
According to information published by the American Journal of Medical Sciences, about one in every 200 people dealing with migraines are going to have to contend with ocular migraine symptoms – migraines that are brought on because of the visual or retinal conditions.
Unlike traditional migraines (that are painful enough all on their own), ocular migraines are going to bring an entire world of pain, confusion, and a handful of other very specific symptoms that you are going to need to understand to effectively treat.
Unfortunately, like all other migraine types, there is no known cure for these ocular headaches – yet, anyway. Medical researchers, scientists, and professionals all over the world are working day and night (with multimillion dollar budgets) to discover how to eliminate these problems from day to day life completely.
It should only be a matter of time until we are able to completely destroy these problems from human existence.
Until that day, however, you are going to want to pay close attention to all of the insider information below to better understand this condition, the symptoms and trigger points to be on the lookout for, effective preventative solutions, and what you can do to lessen the impact that these specific types of migraines cause.
Let’s dive right in!
What exactly is an ocular migraine, anyway?
One of the rarer types of migraines today (as mentioned above, only about one in every 200 individuals that deal with constant and chronic migraines will ever have to contend with these symptoms), ocular or retinal migraines have absolutely everything to do with your vision and the biology behind your eyes.
Though it isn’t at all uncommon for individuals suffering with migraines to deal with blurred vision or even “sparkling lights”, individuals that are contending with a visual migraine are going to see miniature explosions of light, blind spots in their field of vision (and not just on the periphery), and even run the risk of losing vision completely in one or both eyes for up to 72 hours – or longer, if left untreated.
Obviously, these incredibly life-changing symptoms need to be addressed the moment that you begin to interact with them. While most people can get away without having to see a trained medical professional, when you’re dealing with a regular “run-of-the-mill” migraine – if there is such a thing – those that are fighting through these types of migraines will need to seek out medical assistance just as soon as humanly possible.
Without visiting a trusted medical expert or in emergency medical service, you run the risk of serious damage being done to your eyesight and your overall lifestyle going forward.
Do not take that kind of risk.
What are the root causes of retinal migraine symptoms?
The root causes for these particular types of migraines are as of yet unknown completely, though researchers and medical experts do believe that there is a close link to these migraines and muscular spasms that occur in the blood vessels behind the retina, as well as individual “messages” that get scrambled while traveling the nervous system to the eyes.
This kind of overactive activity causes a tremendous amount of circuits to be “broken” along the way, flipping switches and literally turning out the lights in your eyes so that your vision becomes tremendously impaired – or completely blind (hopefully just temporarily).
For obvious reasons, these symptoms are absolutely terrifying to have to live through, but on top of the potential blindness and impaired vision, you’ll also have to fight through traditional migraine symptoms such as:
• Nausea and vomiting
• Serious pain, aching sensation throughout your body, and a sensation of built-up pressure in your head
• Dizziness and confusion
• The inability to properly balance yourself
… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Obviously, this isn’t a pretty picture, and it is something that you’re going to want to have figured out just as quickly as reasonably possible when you’re fighting through this condition.
What are the major risk factors associated with a retinal migraine?
As mentioned above, scientists and researchers have yet to really discover what causes these types of migraines, but they have found a variety of different risk factors and trigger points that are closely linked to the occurrence of these migraines in a significant amount of people.
Here are just a couple of those risk factors and trigger points:
• Almost all instances of these visual and retinal migraines occur only in individuals that deal with constant and chronic traditional migraines (four or more every month or so)
• Individuals that are taking tricyclic antidepressants or anti-seizure medications have also shown higher risk factors for dealing with retinal migraines
• Individuals that have visual impairments already (damaged eyesight or a sensitivity to light, for example), have higher risk factors for dealing with these migrants
• Genetic mutations at the DNA level have been linked to these types of migraines
• Hereditary conditions that may or may not have to do with central nervous system disorders or the inability of your CNS to effectively communicate at all times can be related to these migraines
… And the list goes on and on.
Some researchers have suggested that individuals could also be dealing with retinal migraine symptoms caused by allergic reactions to foods or drink that they enjoyed regularly, though this link is currently tenuous at best with more research necessary to conclusively prove a connection.
How can I best treat or alleviate the symptoms of optical migraines?
Though there are no current cures available to completely eliminate retinal migraine causes, there are a number of different things you can do (some of them all on your own and others with the help of a trusted and trained medical professional) to alleviate the symptoms and prevent these conditions from occurring in the future.
The first thing that you can do is try to eliminate as many lifestyle risk factors from your day to day life as humanly possible.
This involves really taking a comprehensive look at your daily diet to find possible trigger points, potential allergens, and foods that may be closely linked to your body contending with these problems and stripping them out of your regular consumption habits.
It might not be easy (especially if you discover that some of your favorite foods or beverages are linked to retinal migraines – salty foods in particular and those that are high in sugar content may be the biggest culprits), but it just might save your vision.
Secondly, you’ll want to try and improve your overall rest and recovery habits. Most people do what they can to get in a solid eight hours or so of sleep every night, but for many of us that just isn’t a realistic figure – and even if we do get in eight hours, very often, it isn’t as restful as it could be.
This needs to change.
Buy a new and more comfortable mattress, new pillows, and new bedclothes or reconfigure your sleeping habits so that you improve the quality of your sleep as dramatically as you can. Just getting the proper rest and recovery can eliminate retinal migraine issues almost completely.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to speak with a highly trained medical professional (hopefully, someone that deals with these kinds of conditions on a routine basis) to figure out a chemical attack that you’ll be able to use to hinder these migraines going forward.
There are a number of pharmaceutical agents that release a variety of different biochemicals throughout the body that may be able to cripple migraines going forward, though you’ll always have to deal with some kind of side effect when you decide to go the chemical route.
Only you will be able to determine whether or not that’s a step you’re willing to take.
What else do I need to know about dealing with optical migraine symptoms moving forward?
At the end of the day, there are a handful of different things you are going to be able to do all on your own to eliminate the instances of ocular migraine conditions from your life from here on out.
Hopefully, you have found the insider information included above to be as useful as possible, and that you take very seriously the warnings that have been published in the details throughout this guide.
Any time you are talking about potentially losing your vision (even if it’s only for a temporary basis), you need to be as proactive and serious about preventative solutions as possible, as this isn’t the kind of light switch that you’ll be able to “turn back” should you lose your vision on a more permanent basis.
Get out ahead of things, speak with a trusted medical professional – one with experience in this area – and come up with an effective approach that allows you to avoid dealing with these problems in the future and gives you every opportunity to protect yourself, your vision, and your overall health and well-being for years and years to come.
Best of luck!