The Surprising Ways Migraine Symptoms Affect Your Eye Health

Have you ever been gripped by a headache so intense you notice visual problems? Did that episode cause panic because you thought there was something terribly wrong with you? If it’s not stroke or hypertension, chances you suffered from a migraine episode accompanied by visual symptoms. Notably, visual migraine symptoms are quite common but not a lot of affected individuals are familiar with them. To help you get acquainted with these, we prepared a quick list of eye-related symptoms that most of our patients report. 

Migraine Symptoms That Affect the Eyes 

Migraines often come hand-in-hand with auras or visual disturbances that precede or accompany the headache. These can include:

  • Blind Spots (Scotomas): These are areas where vision is lost or obscured. It often begins as a shimmering spot that grows, causing a temporary blind spot.
  • Flashing Lights: This phenomenon, also known as "scintillations," appears as flickering lights, usually at the edges of the visual field.
  • Zigzag Lines: Known as "fortification spectra," these look like medieval fortress walls or zigzag patterns.
  • Colored Spots: Some people see spots of varying colors dancing across their field of vision.
  • Tunnel Vision: In extreme cases, one’s peripheral vision may fade, leaving only the central vision clear.

The Eye-Migraine Connection

While the aforementioned migraine symptoms are temporary and usually harmless, consistent and recurring migraines can hint at underlying issues related to eye health. Let's look at some of the surprising connections:

Eye Strain

A recurring migraine might be a sign that your eyes are overworked or you need corrective lenses. In some cases, an incorrect prescription or outdated lenses might even trigger migraines.

Ocular Migraines

This specific type of migraine involves a small blind spot that appears in both eyes. The blind spot usually fades within 30 minutes but is sometimes followed by a headache. It's crucial to distinguish ocular migraines from retinal migraines, which affect only one eye and might indicate a more severe condition.

Dry Eyes and Migraines

Research has shown that people with chronic migraines are more likely to experience symptoms of dry eyes. The connection between the two isn't crystal clear, but treating dry eyes has, in some cases, alleviated migraine symptoms.

Light Sensitivity (Photophobia)

Many migraine sufferers are highly sensitive to light. This hypersensitivity can be so intense that even ordinary sunlight or artificial indoor lighting feels blinding.

Take The Next Step: Call an Upper Cervical Doctor

The intricate relationship between migraines and eye health underscores the importance of a comprehensive approach to well-being. If the narratives of flashing lights, visual disturbances, and debilitating headaches resonate with you, it's worth considering a proactive step: seeking Upper Cervical Care.

Why should you consider this approach?

  • Targeting Root Causes: Upper Cervical Care doesn't merely target migraine symptoms; it zeroes in on the root causes. Previous traumas, especially those involving the head and neck, can manifest as health issues later in life, including conditions like retinal migraines.
  • Holistic Health Benefits: Beyond addressing migraine symptoms, Upper Cervical adjustments can promote better overall spinal health, improved blood flow, and enhanced neural function. This integrated approach ensures that the entire body benefits.
  • Non-Invasive and Natural: For those wary of relying solely on medications, Upper Cervical Care offers a non-invasive and natural option.
  • Expertise in Neck and Head Traumas: Upper Cervical Chiropractors understand the nuances of neck and head traumas, ensuring you receive care tailored to your specific needs.

The ripple effects of past traumas can linger, affecting our health in ways we might not immediately recognize. By exploring Upper Cervical Care, you're not just seeking relief from migraines; you're investing in a comprehensive approach to health that prioritizes long-term wellness over temporary fixes. Don't wait for another migraine episode; consider booking an appointment and discover the transformative power of atlas bone adjustments.

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