Visual disturbances in migraine

O. Melen, S. F. Olson, B. L. Hodes

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Abnormal visual sensations are the most common and characteristic features of migraine. In some patients, they are the only features. The major visual disturbance associated with migraine is scotoma; less common are distortions in size, shape, and color of viewed objects; photophobia; and diplopia and polyopia. Sudden loss of vision occurs in retinal migraine, and paralysis, usually of the third nerve, in ophthalmoplegic migraine. Paresis also may be found with cluster headache.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-143
Number of pages5
JournalPostgraduate medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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