Those Frustrating Migraine Symptoms: Monocular Blindness

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Migraine is a complex disease with myriad possible symptoms, including auditory hallucinations. Some of these symptoms can be frightening; at the least, they're frustrating.

Monocular blindness, when a symptom of Migraine, is temporary blindness in one eye only.

Monocular blindness occurs only in retinal Migraine, as part of the Migraine aura. This aura symptom should last five to 60 minutes.

It’s noted in the International Classification of Headache Disorders, Third Edition (ICHD-3):

Retinal migraine is an extremely rare cause of transient monocular visual loss. Cases of permanent monocular visual loss associated with migraine have been described. Appropriate investigations are required to exclude other causes of transient monocular blindness.”

Monocular blindness can be a terrifying Migraine aura symptom. When it occurs for the first time, it’s essential to seek medical care to get confirmation that it’s attributable to Migraine.


Source:

Headache Classification Committee of the International Headache Society. “The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3rd edition.” Cephalalgia. 2013;33(9):629-808.

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