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Monday, September 07, 2009 Lisa S, Community Member, asks

Q: Vision, do you lose it?

when i get a migrain I lose vision in the left eye.  Does anyone else?  What do you do?

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
9/ 9/09 9:45pm

Hi Lisa S,


For purposes of treatment, learning about your Migraines, being able to get care if you're away from home, etc., you need a full diagnosis of what type of Migraine you have. You can read more about this in The Type of Migraine Does Matter.


Partial loss with a Migraine attack may happen, but not total vision loss. This needs to be discussed with your doctor.  You may also want to take a look at this article and talk to your doctor about it: Retinal Migraine - The Basics.


 If your doctor isn't able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

I hope this helps,


sara, Community Member
9/ 9/09 1:29pm

Yes i loose vision on the side of my migraine, can be either side for me, can be very frightening but comes back when my headache comes onSmile

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By Lisa S, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 09/07/09