Doctors are still diagnosing migraine as an optical migraine and when not, patients tend to diagnose themselves, which causes a great deal of confusion and makes it more difficult for people to get the best treatment.
The problem here is, that ‘optical migraine’ is not a standard medical term meaning that one doctor may diagnose a patient with this while another doctor will call it something different.
Though the various medical terms associated with migraines are being standardized around the world, there are still some left that have not been that can cause a great deal of suffering for the patient. Of course, unless you have a specific diagnosis, then getting treatment for the problem will be much harder.
An optical migraine can mean a number of varying things but in most cases it involves disturbances to the vision and occasionally even partial loss of vision altogether. Although this is called an ‘aura’ in migraine terms, it may not develop a headache like other migraines.
In other types of optical migraines where the sufferer experiences these visual disturbances, a headache may follow. Up to twenty percent of migraine sufferers experience the ‘aura’ symptom before the headache itself comes on.
It is important to remember that if you are suffering from visual disturbances and migraines, it may be something separate and getting a second opinion from a doctor is highly advisable since you could have an eye disease.
Treatments are all similar for these types of migraines but to get the best treatments, getting the correct diagnosis is essential. A doctor could be more specific by diagnosing a patient using terms as standardized by the International Headache Society.