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  • Factors That Trigger An Optical Migraine

    Migraines are on-going headaches that vary in intensity and are often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. An ocular migraine is related to visual disturbance and develops with our without the pain associated with common migraine headaches. An ocular migraine is also called an optical migraine.

    So what happens when a person is affected with an ocular migraine headache? In most cases, having an ocular migraine causes people to see flashing or shimmering of lights, especially if it's a migraine associated with aura. Sometimes it may also cause blind spots in your vision.

    An optical migraine can interfere with your ability to perform tasks. Researchers do not know what exactly triggers an optical migraine, but by studying common migraine symptoms, there have been breakthroughs in what triggers an optical migraine in most cases. They include:

    1. Loud sounds
    2. Bright lights
    3. Strong odors
    4. Stress and anxiety
    5. Changing weather conditions
    6. Alcoholic beverages, especially red wine
    7. Too much caffeine or withdrawal from caffeine
    8. Foods containing nitrates like hot dogs or lunch meat
    9. Foods containing monosodium glutamate, or MSG, like fast food, seasonings, spices and broths

    Migraine symptoms are never the same for two people. However, migraine headaches are the result of a combination of these triggers. Triggers can also be different from person to person. You can always identify the migraine symptoms and the type of migraine associated with what triggered it by using a headache diary. The diary should include notes on diet, exercise and so on.

    Sometimes the triggers of a migraine can be caused by genes inherited from your family. If your family has a history of getting optical migraines, you are more likely to suffer from a migraine headache. Hormonal estrogen can also cause a migraine headache.
    May 05, 2017
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