I’ve been having some crazy visual symptoms for the past couple of months. It started with some slight flickering around the edges of my vision in one eye or the other. At first I thought I was getting auras again after decades without them. But I have daily migraines, so it’s hard to tell really.
Then I began to wonder if it could be a side effect of the Topamax I’m taking. In the back of my mind, though, I’m worried about retinal detachment, as I’m extremely myopic. I decided to wait until my appointment with my neurologist on 7/28 to discuss this.
Suddenly over this past weekend, the symptoms got way worse. Instead of a slight flickering, I began seeing crazy jagged lines whipping all throughout my visual field. The lines didn’t block my vision, just whipped around through it. This phenomenon always occurred when I went from a dark place to a light place.
So now I started to get really worried, even though I figured it was a long shot that both of my retinas would detach at once. I went to see my optometrist. First he ruled out the Topomax, because he said that usually it tended to change a person’s far-sighted vision, and mine was still the same. Then he dilated my pupils and checked my retinas thoroughly.
The optometrist said my retinas were just fine, and said what I was having was optical migraine. When I looked up optical migraines, I read that these usually last for several minutes or even half an hour or more. Mine only last several seconds or a minute at most. Can they still be categorized as optical migraine? The only time I’ve had anything similar to this it was a side effect of the fertility drug Clomid, and my doctor took me off of it immediately.