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ABout once a week, I suffer from starring in my vision- I have

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ABout once a week, I suffer from starring in my vision- I have a shimmering geometrical shape, which is visible whether eyes open or not. I am 59 yrs old, female and otherwise in good health. There is no pain associated, but vision is difficult through the star aura.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 6 years ago.

Hello there

I see patients with similar symptoms quite often. Folks often describe a bright or colorful pattern (sometimes wavy or zigzag in nature) and it can be in one eye and moves to the other, sometimes affecting the central vision. Sometimes there is a headache following this as well. This is called an ophthalmic migraine. The names can be confusing. Think of it this way:

only the visual symptoms - no headache = ophthalmic migraine (also known as ocular migraine).

headache with an aura is called a classic migraine (headache with some peculiar visual warning / episode prior to headache)

 

Migraines are common and typically require no treatment, except for more rest, less stress, etc. Sometimes caffeine can help shorten the episode. I hope this helps answer your question, if not, just let me know, Regards

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