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My daughter is 13 and has had 4 occurances of the following

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My daughter is 13 and has had 4 occurances of the following situation happen to her since november of last year. She will be doing normal things like playing with her toys and all of a sudden her right eye begins to get dark lines in the with dark splotches it progresses until she see's only from a small spot in her eye the rest is gray and brown. This will last any where from 30 seconds to the most recent tonight was about 3 minutes. As it lifts she said I looked like a drawing. I had her cover her left eye and I held up my right hand and three fingers and she could not see them. She said I can only see your left shoulder. She was standing about 6 feet from me. She said it feels weird. No pain or anything. I am taking her to an optomitrist tomorro but I can't bare to wait for the answer.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 8 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 by itself may be a migraine - usually has no visual symptoms

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

Ophthalmic migraine is a visual phenomenon and is benign and requires no treatment, except for more rest, less stress, etc. Sometimes caffeine can help shorten the episode. I am glad she is being seen tomorrow, but I dont expect anything serious. I hope this helps answer your question, if not, just let me know, Regards

Dr. Stevens

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Oh thank you so much. I have looked on line and read so much I was so fearful it was a tumor or something else. I did read about the migraine but she does not get a headache and the eye does not hurt. What causes this do you know?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Now one more thing it never moves to the other eye. Is that normal to only have it in one eye. She says that her left eye seems to be the stronger one. Is that normal?
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 8 years ago.
It is very much possible for it to affect only one eye, I would actually appreciate an update on this once you have her examined tomorrow, Hope you have a good evening, Dr. Stevens
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Hello. You answered my question about my daughter who is 13 and you said she had ocular migraine. I took her to the optomotrist and he agreed with you after a complete exam. He even dialated her pupils to have a second look. Thank you so much you have no idea how much you kept me from worring the rest of the night. I stumbled on to this site that night and took a chance that people were who they said they were and I was not disappointed. Again thank you so much.
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 8 years ago.
I am glad everything was OK, I am very happy that I was able to reduce some of your anxiety, Regards, ***** *****