I was calming sitting at table enjoying my home-made Chinese meal this evening when I looked in the direction of the TV at an old black and white film my SO was absorbed in between mouthfuls, and I reached the conclusion my eyesight seemed to have gone a bit blurry which is unusual but then I found I could see a reflection - of my own eyelashes maybe - out of the corner of my right eye. Seemed rather odd but, as the meal progressed so did this visual illusion. It became coloured, moving, sort of shimmering and it got a bit bigger but only in my right eye. I didn’t lose vision, I could see quite clearly all around apart from this small shimmering portion at about 1 o’clock high up in my right eye. This experience lasted about 20 minutes, then cleared quicker than it had arrived. Discussed it with my SO who says he’s experienced similar but in both eyes for more than a decade and an optician told him not to bother about it unless it got really often. He doesn’t get migraine.
Initially I assumed it to be migraine aura. As I don’t experience regular migraine headaches, just vertigo attacks, I think I may have had two or three auras all in the last two/three years, during acute attacks only, never before but if they were aura, they were very different from today’s experience, just large patches of deep pretty colours float from afar up close and then receeding again and these only last a couple of minutes each time,
I haven’t been feeling great today, balance rather ‘off’ so sure it’s migraine related some way. Conflicting info on the internet about the difference between ocular and retinal migraine but I did read they can be caused by dehydration or caffeine withdrawal, and alot of other things too. I’ve recently cut my caffeine to 1/3 or less and doubt today at least I haven’t been making up much of the difference in water, Cold water on a cold day isn’t something that appeals I’m afraid. Helen