How to Prevent Ocular Migraines

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An ocular migraine is a migraine headache that is centered around your eye. You might have an aura or blind spot when you are developing an ocular migraine, which is followed by fuzzy vision. Some people have pain around their eye and experience nausea when they have ocular migraines. Simple lifestyle changes may help you prevent these headaches. Medications may also help you if your ocular migraines continue.

Things You'll Need

  • Water or other drinks
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Prescription medications

Prevent ocular or traditional migraine headaches by staying hydrated. Dehydration is a common trigger for migraines. Drink at least eight glasses of water or another caffeine-free beverage each day.

Record when you do have an ocular migraine, as well as the events surrounding the migraine. Keeping track of what you have done, eaten and experienced during the day may help you determine what triggers your migraines. Once you know your triggers, it will be much easier to avoid them.

Commit to being in the best health possible. High blood pressure, stress, smoking or secondhand exposure to nicotine and low blood sugar are all common triggers of ocular migraines. Get a yearly physical and manage any underlying health problems to prevent future migraines.

Take a daily aspirin (if it is safe for you) if you suffer from frequent ocular migraines. Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can encourage blood flow and help prevent migraines. Discuss with your doctor whether these drugs are safe for you.

Use a calcium channel blocker or other prescription drug as prescribed by your doctor. Medications may be prescribed when you have severe migraines that cannot be prevented by other methods.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your doctor updated on your condition as you try various methods to prevent your headaches. Never start or stop taking a new migraine medication without consulting your doctor.

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