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:
Vision changes that occur with some migraines include:
Temporary loss of vision or partial vision loss
Sparkles of different colors
Tunnel vision, or loss of peripheral vision
Flashes, spots, lines or other symptoms associated with aura
Sensitivity to light, also called photophobia
Sensitivity to visual patterns, such as stripes or graphs