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I have had migraines since I was a child and am now years

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I have had migraines since I was a child and am now 69 years old. Since the age of about 59 or 60, I occasionally get optical migraines (did have one episode back in my 40s), which usually involve gold, glittery or glistening shapes that fade out after about 20 minutes and no headache. For the past several months, maybe a year or more, I have noticed occasionally upon getting out of bed in the morning (not when getting up to use the BR during the night) that this sort of gold (not glittering) spot in the center of my vision (bilateral) forms (like a phosphene) and grows until it’s a donut shape. It might get greenish in the middle, grow a little larger and then fade away. One time, it got larger, turned glaring white and irregular, then faded away. I don’t see it during the day or night. I recently had cataract surgery (May and June) and a thorough examination of my eyes beforehand. The doctor said that he could see that I’d had an optical migraine and healed it myself (on the retina, I guess?). I don’t have any other symptoms when this oval phosphene occurs. Any ideas what this could be?
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 months ago.

This is the same thing

It is a mini migraine

have meds to suppress migraines been suggested?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 months ago.

Thanks for this question

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