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Monday, January 12, 2015

Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine: What is It?

Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine might be unfamiliar to a lot of patients. When patients think of the word “migraine” they immediately assume that it is really just about headaches. “We see patients in good general health who tell us that sometimes once or twice a month they see these strange pulsing images in both eyes-both with their eyes open and closed!,” commented Andrew Hammer, M.D. “Sometimes they tell us that they start out small, may last 10-20 minutes and even cause their vision to become blurry,” Dr. Hammer further explained. These episodes actually describe what we know to be an Ocular Migraine-a migraine without a headache! What patients are experiencing is the aura that many sufferers have before the onset of a classic migraine headache.

Symptoms of Ocular or Ophthalmic Migraine
An ocular or ophthalmic migraine often includes seeing zigzag lines, colored lights or flashes of lights expanding to one side of your vision over perhaps 10 to 30 minutes. If you experience these symptoms, in order to be sure that this is not a sign of a more serious problem, you should consider scheduling an evaluation and eye exam with one of the eye doctors at Baltimore Washington Eye Center so that we can rule out any other problems and work in concert with your primary care physician or a neurologist to make sure that other testing is not needed.

 If you or someone you know is concerned about ocular or ophthalmic migraine you are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.