A retinal migraine, also known as an ophthalmic or an ocular migraine, is defined as a migraine that is accompanied by a headache and affects one eye. Some symptoms that come with a retinal migraine are:
- Visual disturbances – flashing lights, temporary blindness, visual patterns, or dark spots in your field of vision
- Temporary blindness – reversed once a migraine dissipates
- More than one occurrence – two or more attacks are required to get an official diagnosis
- One eye affected – both eyes can be affected, but it is extremely rare
- Head pain – begins during or within an hour of visual problems; lasts anywhere from 4 hours to 3 days; usually only affects one side of the head; known for pulsing or throbbing
- Sensitivity to light, noise, or smell
- Nausea and/or vomiting
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Why Retinal Migraines Happen
Research has shown that a possible cause of these migraines is decreased blood flow to the optic nerve of one or both eyes. This is often due to trauma to the upper neck vertebrae that caused a misalignment. The C1 (axis) and C2 (atlas) bones are susceptible to misalignment due to the fact that they have a great range of motion. If these bones misalign, they put undue pressure on the brainstem. The brainstem is the communication highway to and from the brain and body. A misalignment can cause improper signals leading to abnormal blood flow. This is the perfect condition for a retinal migraine to occur.
At 1st Place Chiropractic, we work with patients to correct these misalignments through a gentle, effective method that does not involve popping, twisting, or forcing the spine back into alignment. Rather, it is a gentle, scientific-based procedure that allows the bones to realign naturally. The body’s restorative powers then take over and begin to heal the damage done naturally. Studies have been done that show relief of migraine symptoms after only a few adjustments.
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