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Ocular migraines

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Orkrider2, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

    Anyone ever had these?

    I'm having one at the moment, which is what's prompted me to post. I started getting them about a year ago, and went through a phase of having a couple a week, but haven't had one for a few months now.
    I was worried at the beginning because I've never had a migraine and these have no accompanying pain, but suddenly I get a bright light at the centre of my vision, that gradually gets bigger into a jagged C shape of flashing black and white triangles, and that grows and grows until it sort of drifts out of my peripheral vision which takes about 20 minutes.
    Looks like this:
    Very weird. Reasonably irritating, especially as I was trying to read something.

    Just wondered if anyone else has these and if you know anything about the cause.
    colpee likes this.
  2. Motherofchikkins

    Motherofchikkins Star commenter

    I used to have something like that years ago if I spent some time on the computer. Like you, I had no pain, but just this gradually increasing circle of light in one eye. The doctor gave me some eye drops and advised breaks from the computer screen.
  3. vuvuzela

    vuvuzela Occasional commenter

    Then your lips feel numb and one of your arms feels numb and you think you might be having a stroke? Yes. Had two of these the day before yesterday and yes, it was after prolonged use use of the computer. Hate them!
    lilachardy likes this.
  4. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

    I did think it was computer related, but I kept a record last year and most occurred when I was in tesco (fluorescent lights?) or when I was driving to work and hadn't looked at a screen In over 12 hours.
    Haven't been using it tonight really. I was reading when it started.

    But no, no accompanying numbness. That would straight up terrify a hypochondriac like me!

    ETA mine is definitely in both eyes.
  5. Sillow

    Sillow Senior commenter

    Blimey, @Orkrider2, I've not seen anything like that before. I know nothing about this condition but hope it passes quickly and continues to be painless.
  6. vuvuzela

    vuvuzela Occasional commenter

    Mine seems to start when I see something bright and it feels like I've let too much brightness in, if you see what I mean. I've had worse ones. I had one in class once, during an observed lesson and just had to carry on. I thought it was a mini-stroke once but went to docs and got checked out. Don;t know what it was.
  7. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

    It's just weird and irritating really. Annoying when you're driving because it's pretty dangerous, but I'm lucky in that I've always been stuck in traffic when it started and not moving anyway.
    It's gone now and my eyes just feel like they've got stuck on the wrong autofocus if that makes sense.
    I went to the optometrist last year and they said nothing physical wrong, ita probably neurological. Reassuring lol!
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  8. Motherofchikkins

    Motherofchikkins Star commenter

  9. vuvuzela

    vuvuzela Occasional commenter

    It's annoying when you're reading because you've got to go and find something else to do.
    racroesus likes this.
  10. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

    This is how I always notice it at first. Like I've looked into a bright light and dazzled myself, except there's no particularly bright light about and then it starts to grow

    Or look like a weirdo as you shake your head about trying to read around the dancing triangles
  11. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

  12. vuvuzela

    vuvuzela Occasional commenter

    I just go to bed because I've usually got a bit of a headache coming.
  13. Orkrider2

    Orkrider2 Star commenter

    My pet theory was that it's to do with focusing the eyes at different distances in quick succession. Driving, with looking far ahead to close up at the dash, Tesco looking at aisles to reading the labels. I was making jewellery earlier so a lot of close up work, while watching TV.
    I don't know.
    InkyP likes this.
  14. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Yes, I've had them. They were connected to 3 day migraines, which made me feel sick. Had to go to work with them, if they were manageable. Migraines are just awful. Mine stopped as soon as I started on beta blockers for high blood pressure. Joy!
  15. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    You might want to look at the possibility of a hemiplegic migraine. They are rare and often genetic by nature. Usually (but not always) they differ from say a TIA or stroke in that all the symptoms apply to one side of the body whereas a stroke or TIA usually affects one side of the body and the opposite side of the head.
    Do not ever dismiss the symptoms on that basis as anything similar should be checked by a doctor. Treat them as if they are a stroke until a doctor tells you otherwise

    I've tried all three and when I started with the H Migraines I thought it was another. Turned out that I wasn't but it took a specialist to determine that
    colpee likes this.
  16. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Could well be as these also trigger eyestrain
    But there are a number of other possibilities both as to cause and to diagnosis. Get it checked by a doctor who may refer you to an ophthalmologist as a precaution
  17. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    I get them. It's horrid.It doesn't help trying to sleep because I can still see the flashing zig zags when I close my eyes. I just have to sit it out. It makes me feel so ill.

    ROSIEGIRL Senior commenter

    I've had a few of these and been told they're nothing to worry about
    The last one hit after I'd been standing in tv section of John Lewis so I think might be light related. I find relaxing and trying to breathe slowly helps. They usually go after about 20 minutes but I would hate to get one while I was driving.
  19. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Lead commenter

    I get these occasionally - nothing to worry about.

    I had the first one in the days after giving birth for the first time. Being a total hypochondriac at the best of times, I was terrified, but luckily was staying at my Mum's ( a life-long migraine sufferer) and she was able to reassure me all was fine.

    I've also noticed that the trigger seems to be related to being exposed to too much brightness, or sudden very bright sunlight. It is a pain for the 20 minutes or so that it takes for my vision to clear, and then I sometimes get a slight headache, but never a full-blown migraine.
  20. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Lead commenter

    Yes, I agree - that would be difficult to manage.
  21. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I get that in supermarkets too and start feeling a bit 'spaced out'.

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