What Are Migraines?

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Some people are debilitated by migraines. It forces them to stay in bed, to avoid certain settings, to miss work. It changes a person’s life. With so many remedies touted on the market, it’s important to examine all the possibilities and causes. At Palm Beach Eye Center we can help you with Migraines.


Migraines are often associated with sensitivity to light, nausea, seeing spots, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and excruciating head pain.

Phases of a Migraine

  • The pre-headache, or warning phase
  • Aura (not always present): about 15% of sufferers experience visions of strange light, an unpleasant smell, or confusion prior to the headache.
  • The headache: throbbing and unbearable pain. The pain usually occurs only on one side of the head.
  • Resolution: Either an immediate or fading of the headache. Some sufferers find that going to sleep or vomiting will lead to an immediate resolution.
  • Recovery: Sufferers often recall the feeling of the recovery like the feeling of a hangover that can take days to overcome. Some sufferers found if they had lost their appetite during the migraine, they felt famished afterward.

There are many different types of migraines, so it can be extremely difficult for a doctor to determine what is causing yours. However, if you keep a migraine journal that describes the times, symptoms, and environment occurring around the time of the migraine it can be helpful in your diagnosis. One type of migraine that affects the eyes is the ocular migraine.

Ocular Migraine

Ocular Migraines can cause vision loss or blindness for less than an hour. Other names for this condition are “retinal,” “ophthalmic,” or “monocular” migraines. These occur in one eye. Symptoms include flashing lights, blind spots in your field of vision,  and blindness in the eye. Further complications include one side of your head feeling painful, pulsating intensely, nausea, vomiting, and extra sensitivity to light and/or sound.

Because treatment varies from person to person, it’s important to allow a doctor to determine what would be best for your case. Please let Palm Beach Eye Center help you today.