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It does sound like you are having the effects of an ocular migraine without a headache. This is very common.
A typical migraine headache starts with shimmering lights, often times they surround a blurry area or have dots or jaggedly lines associated with them. They tend to progressively increase in intensity and sometimes march across the visual field causing difficulty with reading. Many times this is then accompanied by nausea, irritability, sensitivity to bright lights and/or loud noises. After the onset of the lights (called scintillating scotomas), the headache typically starts and the light show tends to progressively go away.
Many people can have this migraine phenomenon without the headache; it is called an acephalgic migraine. Some people even start having these late in life, or may have had a few much earlier in life that behaved differently and haven't had any for decades and then begin to have them; this is not uncommon. A family history of migraines is often present as well.
This is nothing to worry about. It is not a sign of a more serious underlying condition, brain tumor or anything like that. If the episodes become so frequent that they are bothersome there are medicines that can be used to decrease their frequency or stop an episode once it has started.
I'm sorry that it seemed the optometrist didn't take you seriously as this can be a very scary thing to have happen, especially as often it has been happening to you.
The good news? There are medicines that your primary care MD can give you to use just as you start to see the strobe effect that can nip it in the bud.
so who would i see about meds to help?
Also, if you continue to have them this often there are a variety of meds you can take on a daily basis to help.
or is there something otc i can get?
I'd suggest you first have a complete eye exam by an ophthalmolist (MD) and then, if needed, see your primary care MD for some of the meds I mentioned above.
I have the same thing you do and, for me, caffeine, helps. I usually chug a pepsi
yeah i was wondering if an md. eye doc was the best route
i drink tea all day long
Optometrists really aren't trained to deal with any type of significant eye diseases.
Even if they think that they are :)
so if my regualr doc asks...what meds would he need to rx?
An extra blast of caffeine, on top of your tea, may help.
i thought as much...i KNEW i should have seen an m.d...they have both at this eye center
Here is a good link to meds for this:
Ya, always better to see the MD eye doc....
Does this make sense to you?
lesson learned...well its good to know "its not a tumor" as arnold would say..buts its so uncomfortable...so im glad to know theres help...oh are there like any drops that might help??..just curious
No. Drops won't really help.....and everyone always thinks it's a brain toouumor (thanks Arnold :)
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nope..i feel better...you have given me much more info that i got from the optomitrist...perhaps i was keeping her from getting her quota in for the day...i will gladly accept..thanks dr.rick...do i have anymore sessions from this $38 if i have further questions in a few days?
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