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Question:
Why do I get shooting pains in my eyes when I get migraines?      

Answer:
Classical migraine begins with an aura, or warning, followed by flashing lights or a blind spot in one eye, then severe headache on that side, and, finally, nausea. It may last for hours and be severely debilitating. Generally, when it is over, everything goes back to normal. However, there are many variations of migraine, including some rare varieties that can cause permanent vision loss.  

Since the pains are in both eyes, I think that we are probably not dealing with migraine.  

Please have a full evaluation by a comprehensive ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.). If nothing shows up, ask for a referral to a neuro-ophthalmologist or neurologist who specializes in headaches.

Answered by: Richard G. Shugarman, MDDr. Richard Shugarman

Categories: General Eye Health

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