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Ocular migraine or not?

Recently I had an eye test... my optician said I have something called narrow angles... she is referring me to an eye doctor.. for the past year I have been having visual disturbances... I probably had 3 episodes of these in a year... I read up on it and understood I was suffering from ocular migraine.. no headache just zigzagging and flashing. It affected both eyes. More recently tho I have suffered these attacks at least once but maybe 3 times a week. Again no headache, maybe s very dull one but nothing too painful. I’m still waiting for my appointment to see the eye doctor. Tonight I have an attack, but it’s only in my left eye.... zigzagging and flashing again but no pain... My question is , do I need to go back to the optician or my G.P..? Any advice is welcome., it still hasn’t subsided and usually it goes after about 20 minutes

  1. HI ruthie898,

    Thank you for your question. When we have new and/or different symptoms it is always a good idea to discuss them with the doctor so if it were me, I'd contact my GP so he can rule out anything more serious.

    Ocular migraine is more of a descriptive term, not an actual diagnosis. Migraine with aura has some of the same symptoms you mentioned and it's possible to have a migraine attack without any or much head pain. You can read more about migraine with aura here; and

    Let me know how you make out and I hope you are feeling better soon,


    1. Hi! I am new to the boards. I've been having similar things happen to me. I have an aura in my left eye going on 10 days now. Everything seems bright all the time but I have this flare up in my left eye that lasts about 20 minutes. It was happening 5 times a day before, yesterday only twice. i saw my eye doctor because I had narrow angle glaucoma as well (iridotomy done in both eyes, and an augmentation done in the right cause the hole closed up). He said everything looks fine and he thinks it's neurological. So I saw a PA at my neurologist's office and he gave me dexamethasone to try for 3 days. He said it's not protocol but might help if there's any inflammation. I really don't know what to think. That's why I joined the boards. Have you found any answers?

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