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Why See an Optometrist If You Suffer From Migraines?Calling a migraine a “headache” is technically accurate, but it is like referring to a compound fracture a sprain. Headache is only one symptom of migraine. Sufferers may also experience throbbing pain, sensitivity to light, sound, and smells; blurred vision; nausea and vomiting; loss of appetite; changes in temperature; fatigue; dizziness; diarrhea; food cravings; and aura (e.g. bright flashing lights, blind spots, temporary vision loss, wavy/jagged lines). When you are coping with migraines, Asheville Vision’s eye care professionals can be part of the solution.

Why See an Optometrist If You Suffer From Migraines?

The team at Asheville Vision understands how difficult it is to cope with migraines. Many people seek help from doctors and utilize treatments such as medications, acupuncture, progressive muscle relaxation, dietary/lifestyle changes, etc. These are all options that you can discuss with your healthcare provider. Having an eye exam is also critical in finding a cause and, ideally, finding a solution that brings relief.

We will perform tests to determine if glaucoma or pressure on the optic nerve is causing your migraines. If you suffer from ocular migraines (which is relatively rare), you may be at higher risk for vision loss because it impacts the blood vessels and nerves at the back of the eye. We can confirm or rule out any issues here and take the appropriate next steps.

Our team will also address any vision issues with which you are currently dealing. For example, wearing the wrong prescription lenses can trigger or worsen migraines, and eyestrain is a leading cause of many headaches and migraines.

Migraine affects about 20 percent of the population. If you are among them, please contact Asheville Vision for an examination and evaluation immediately. We have been Asheville’s most trusted optometrists since 1989, and we are committed to your total health.