Visual disturbances and jumping eyes; are they optical migraine?

Dana Community Member February 26, 2008
  • My eyes have done a strange number on me twice in the past two weeks. My doctor said it may be ocular migraine however my symptoms do not feel like the ones spoken of on various websites. My eyes both started moving very rapidly; they were jumping around, side-to-side and a little up and down and I could not control the muscles. Of course everything I saw was jumping and it was as if I was looking out of each eye separately and they were both moving rapidly. The room was not spinning, I did not have flashing lights except that the bright lights in the room seemed to be more in my vision than should be. It was very uncomfortable, I could not walk or stand without holding on to something. It lasted for perhaps a minute and then for a good 20-30 minutes I had mild version of it as it settled down. During that time I felt slightly nauseated and quite dizzy.Then it went away completely. At no time did I have any pain at all. On both occasions that this happened, I'd been exercising a great deal and I also noticed that even though I'd eaten, I felt very hungry. Does this sound like ocular migraine?

     

    I should add that I take Methotrexate, prednisone, and Plaquenil for scleritis and spondyloarthropathy.

     

     

8 Comments
  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    Feb. 29, 2008

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    The symtpoms you described with your eyes are not typical with any Migraine and should be checked with a neurologist and ophthalmologist.

     

    Ocular Migraine is not an official Migraine diagnosis. Ocular, Optical, and Ophthalmic Migraines clears things up about this confusing issue....

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    The symtpoms you described with your eyes are not typical with any Migraine and should be checked with a neurologist and ophthalmologist.

     

    Ocular Migraine is not an official Migraine diagnosis. Ocular, Optical, and Ophthalmic Migraines clears things up about this confusing issue. Retinal Migraine is an official Migraine disease diagnosis and symptoms include temporary blindness, but no eye jumping.

     

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    • Dana
      Mar. 02, 2008

      Hello Nancy,

       

      Thanks very much for the clarification and your reply. I do plan to call my opthamologist tomorrow; I have to see him anyway in a few weeks, but I'll let him decide the timing.

       

      In my case it's complicated by kidneys that are finally OK but could, theoretically, get cranky again. So symptoms like nausea could be from medication...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hello Nancy,

       

      Thanks very much for the clarification and your reply. I do plan to call my opthamologist tomorrow; I have to see him anyway in a few weeks, but I'll let him decide the timing.

       

      In my case it's complicated by kidneys that are finally OK but could, theoretically, get cranky again. So symptoms like nausea could be from medication (MTX), kidneys, or migraine. I see that you have lupus. That's difficult and I hope you are managing with it. I have an auto-immune disease, Spondyloarthropathy. It is the root cause of the scleritis in my eye. This new stuff is the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake....

       

      I appreciate the feedback and I wish you all the best in your own recovery to full health. Never say never!

       

      Dana 

    • Nancy Harris Bonk
      Health Guide
      Apr. 28, 2008

      "Cherry on top of the icing".....that's a nice way to put it.

       

      Thank you for you kind words. The wonderful world of autoimmune.......

       

      Good luck with the eye doc. I hope things go well. Would you keep me poste?

    • Dana
      Apr. 28, 2008

      Hi Nancy,

       

      So far, so good....the eye is healed from scleritis and they're slowly taking me down/off meds :-).

       

      In terms of the jumping eye, my eye doctor said that that's neuro, and he gave me the name of a neuro-opthamologist. If it ever recurs I will get it checked out. (hope not!) I hope it was a bad reaction to all this medication.

       

      thanks...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi Nancy,

       

      So far, so good....the eye is healed from scleritis and they're slowly taking me down/off meds :-).

       

      In terms of the jumping eye, my eye doctor said that that's neuro, and he gave me the name of a neuro-opthamologist. If it ever recurs I will get it checked out. (hope not!) I hope it was a bad reaction to all this medication.

       

      thanks for asking, it's kind of  you to follow up.

       

      How are you doing?

       

      Dana

    • Nancy Harris Bonk
      Health Guide
      May. 02, 2008

      Taking it day to day. Thanks for asking.

       

       

  • Anonymous
    k
    Feb. 29, 2008

     

    Could it be nystagmus? Wikipedia has a discription.

    • Dana
      Feb. 29, 2008

      thanks for the thought....I looked it up on Wikipedia. I don't think that's the answer. From what I read, nystagmus looks like an ongoing condition. This was just two isolated incidents, a couple of weeks apart.

       

      A friend just had terrible migraines for over 3 days and she said her vision was jumping side-to-side. She said the vision was that way...

      RHMLucky777

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      thanks for the thought....I looked it up on Wikipedia. I don't think that's the answer. From what I read, nystagmus looks like an ongoing condition. This was just two isolated incidents, a couple of weeks apart.

       

      A friend just had terrible migraines for over 3 days and she said her vision was jumping side-to-side. She said the vision was that way and she has no way to know if the eyes were actually moving. So maybe it was an ocular migraine after all?

    • Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      Mar. 01, 2008

      PLEASE don't rely upon Wikipedia for medical information. While there are many people who work very hard to keep the information accurate and timely, there are also people who selfishly and foolishly take pleasure in changing the information there. They vandalize the pages by posting MISinformation, often for no reason than to annoy other people.

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      RHMLucky777

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      PLEASE don't rely upon Wikipedia for medical information. While there are many people who work very hard to keep the information accurate and timely, there are also people who selfishly and foolishly take pleasure in changing the information there. They vandalize the pages by posting MISinformation, often for no reason than to annoy other people.

       

      Take a look at MedlinePlus. It's a great source of information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

       

      Teri 

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