I went to the eye doctor recently.
When I last saw my primary care doctor, she asked if I was going to the eye doctor yearly.
I admitted that while I know I’m supposed to, I haven’t, for several reasons.
First, I think I get a bit of appointment fatigue, and the thought of having one more appointment that seems like it isn’t absolutely necessary is a good way to talk myself into not doing it.
Second, my eye doctor is where my parents live. He saw me when I was born, in the hospital as a two-pound premie, and I have been going to him ever since. But when I am delinquent on appointments, his office sends me nasty grams. Another great way to get me to avoid making an appointment. Maybe these notes should have the opposite effect, but there you go.
Third, every time I go to the eye doctor, he is very judgmental about the medications that I am on. This is very frustrating. My mom thinks he is jus...
Have you ever heard of migraines with temporary blindness occurring in both eyes followed by headache? And if so, would this be considered migraine with aura or a retinal migraine? Chris.
Binocular (in both eyes) blindness in Migraine is rare. It occurs more frequently in women than men and mostly in people who have a history of Migraine with aura. Whether it would be classified as Migraine with aura or retinal Migraine isn't clearly defined since it's so rare.
If you haven't seen your doctor about this, please do. Since binocular blindness with a Migraine is so rare, other possible causes such as TIA and retinal detachment should be ruled out.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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The first time I remember having a Migraine attack was when I was six-years-old. At the time, I didn’t realize what it was. There were these spots floating around in my vision that I couldn’t see through. Then my head started hurting so badly that I began crying. Crying just made it worse. It was a summer day, and the light coming through the window in my bedroom hurt my eyes, so I closed the curtains and buried my face in my pillow. I couldn’t stay that way long because I needed to vomit. My father brought a large bowl from the kitchen so I didn’t have to get up. Vividly, I remember him wiping my face with a cold cloth and gently rubbing my back until I fell asleep. My mother had these “headaches,” too. At the age of six, I didn’t really understand them, but I knew my mother would sometimes be in bed with her headaches for days. My parents have told me that the pediatrician said I was “high-strung” and had Migraines li...
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