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April 25, 2018

Are My Headaches Related to My Eyes? Information About Ocular Migraines

Could Migraine Headaches Have Something to Do With My Eyes?

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Do you suffer from migraines? If you do, and your migraine is accompanied by short-term vision loss or blindness, then you may have what doctors refer to as an ocular migraine. While eyestrain may trigger some headaches, and standard migraines may cause blind spots or the appearance of a flashing aura, an ocular migraine comes with some unique vision symptoms. Read on to learn more now.

Signs You Are Having an Ocular Migraine…

If you are experiencing vision loss in a single eye, followed by a painful, throbbing headache that lasts from 4 to 72 hours and affects one side of your head, that may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and light or sound sensitivity, there’s a good chance you are suffering from an ocular migraine.

Ocular migraines may be caused disturbances in the retina, such as blood vessel spasms or changes in retinal nerve cells. These types of migraines are also called retinal migraines.

Who Gets Ocular or Retinal Migraines?

While virtually anyone can get a retinal or ocular migraine, there are some characteristics that are common to many sufferers. For example, these types of migraines occur more often in women under forty, especially when they have a family history of headaches or retinal migraines.

Those with diseases that affect blood vessels could also be more susceptible. Such diseases could include sickle cell anemia, lupus, hardened arteries, giant cell arteritis, and epilepsy.

Treatment for Ocular Migraines

If you suspect you have an ocular migraine, consult your eye doctor immediately, as the condition could lead to vision loss or be an indicator of other problems.

While there is no definitive treatment for an ocular or retinal migraine, your Doctor may be able to isolate a different condition that is causing your symptoms and one that is more treatable, or may offer some treatments that have been successful in some cases such as propranolol, valproate or Amitriptyline.

If your migraines are not ocular or retinal migraines, there may be other treatments that can be useful, even if your migraines are accompanied by some vision issues. Medications that can help with migraines include pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, migraine drugs that combine chemicals like acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine, and triptans like Relpax and Amerge that constrict blood vessels.

Besides medication, some migraine sufferers may find it helpful to rest in darkened rooms that feature a minimal amount of sound, with a cold compress over the eyes. If you or a family member suffers from migraines, you may want to consider reliable soundproofing for your home or at the very least, for the sufferer’s bedroom.

Contact Beaumont Vision for Better Eye Health Today

Even if you’re not experiencing migraines, there are many eye-related diseases that you can ward off or minimize through proper eye examinations and care. If you’re in the Portland area, Beaumont Vision can provide professional, individualized eye care from highly qualified optometric physicians, as well as an assortment of great looking eyewear to suit your optical needs. Contact us for your next eye exam today.

April 22, 2018

What Is the Relationship Between Healthy Eyes and Getting Proper Sleep?

My Eyes Don’t Feel Right… Am I Getting Enough Sleep?

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You probably have some sense that sleep is important to maintaining healthy eyes. After all, if you haven’t had enough sleep, your eyes often feel heavy and dry and you get puffy circles underneath them. But if you’re one of the countless individuals who just can’t get enough sleep every night, it might help you to know just how incredibly important sleep is to your eye health.

In face, there are a number of eye conditions that can result from lack of proper sleep. Read on to learn more about these conditions, and how sleep (or lack thereof), may be a factor.

Dry Eyes and Lack of Sleep

Dry eye is exactly what it sounds like: a condition where your eyes are not properly lubricated, as can happen when they haven’t had a chance to rest for a full night of sleep. Dry eye is not only uncomfortable, but can also lead to symptoms such as itching, redness, blurred vision and light sensitivity.

Ischemic Optic Neuropathy

One of the most troublesome conditions you may be concerned about related to lack of sleep is ischemic optic neuropathy. This is a condition where there is improper blood flow to the optic nerve, resulting in sharp pain in your eyes and difficulty seeing.

Glaucoma

If your problem getting enough sleep is related to sleep apnea, you may be at risk for glaucoma. Lack of oxygen, which is a major problem for people with sleep apnea, is also linked to glaucoma, which can also result in optic nerve damage and loss of vision or even blindness.

Other, less critical but very unpleasant eye conditions related to lack of sleep include eye spasms, bloodshot eyes and dark, puffy circles under the eyes.

Getting Better Sleep for Better Eye Health

Even if you have a busy lifestyle, you can take steps to help yourself get better sleep and protect your eyes in the process. Keeping your bedroom as dark as possible can be a big help, for instance. Blackout curtains and a sleep mask are two great ways to keep out light when it’s time to sleep, whether we’re talking about a daytime nap or an uninterrupted eight hours through the night.

Just as any light can interfere with your sleep, so can unwanted sounds. Consider soundproofing solutions for your bedroom, which may include making things quieter or finding a white noise machine or app that works for you.

In general, when it comes to getting sleep for healthy vision, it’s best to avoid screens. Though it can be hard to disconnect from the digital world in the evening, it’s worth it. It’s been shown in a variety of studies that the screens from TV, mobile devices, and laptops can interfere with high quality, healthy sleep. Switch to a good book or some soothing music a couple hours before bedtime.

Care for Your Eyes All Year Round

In addition to getting more sleep, you should care for your eyes by eating right, exercising, and getting regular eye exams from a qualified professional. In the Portland area, the company to call for great eye care is Beaumont Vision. We have highly qualified, caring optometric physicians who can provide top-notch care in an intimate, professional environment.

Regular eye exams can help your doctor identify potential eye problems before they become a threat to your vision, and allow them to offer you useful solutions while there’s plenty of time to take advantage of them. Contact Beaumont Vision for eye exams as well as highly fashionable eyewear today.

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