Can migraine cause vision changes?

Migraine FAQs: Can migraine cause vision changes?

In addition to causing pain, migraines often cause changes in the senses.

The most common sense impacted is eyesight. Migraine sufferers may experience vision changes before, during or after the pain subsides. Others have only the visual migraine symptoms, but no pain. Typically vision changes last only a few minutes, usually from one minute to a half hour. Vision changes are very common in those who suffer from migraine with aura.

Several names exist for vision changes associated with migraine:

  • Retinal migraine
  • Ocular migraine
  • Ophthalmic migraine

Vision changes that occur with some migraines include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Temporary loss of vision or partial vision loss
  • Double vision
  • Cloudy vision
  • Blind spots
  • Sparkles of different colors
  • Tunnel vision, or loss of peripheral vision
  • Flickering light
  • Jagged lights
  • Flashes, spots, lines or other symptoms associated with aura
  • Sensitivity to light, also called photophobia
  • Illusions
  • Sensitivity to visual patterns, such as stripes or graphs
  • Distorted vision

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