You are having a rough day. All of a sudden your vision becomes blurred and you see moving zigzags in your side vision. They may be black and white, silver or in brilliant color. Over 30 minutes to an hour, the zigzags gradually move away and break up. Your vision returns to normal leaving you wondering what happened.
The above description is classic for a visual migraine. Visual migraines are similar to the aura people with migraine headaches experience but, lucky for you, no headache followed. Visual migraines are more common in people who had migraine headaches when they were younger or who have a family history of migraine headaches.
What should you do? First of all, if this is new for you a thorough eye examination is recommended to be sure of the diagnosis. Should the problem occur more than once, look for triggers that might bring them on and then try to avoid them. It could be stress, fatigue, bright lights, hormonal changes, red wine or certain foods.
Visual migraines leave no lasting defect in your vision. They are caused by spasms of blood vessels in the vision part of your brain, just like migraine headaches. There is generally no treatment as they quickly resolve. Should they occur so frequently that they interfere with your daily life, certain blood pressure medications can be prescribed by your primary care doctor.
Feel free to schedule an appointment should you have any concerns. The first time this happens it can be very frightening. We are here to help.
Dr. Ivanoski is an Optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.