Temporary blindness in both eyes followed by headache? Retinal Migraine?

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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.

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Dear 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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