Have you ever had an ocular migraine?
I have, twice. Once was maybe about a year ago. The second time was about an hour ago.
I had just had dinner and I was sitting down with a book I’d just borrowed from a friend today … and if you must know, yes, I’m reading that stupid “Fifty Shades” trilogy. I’m sorry if you’re a fan, but those books are inane drivel! They are basically tarted-up Harlequin romances: young, naive, beautiful, virginal girl meets older, experienced, handsome, rich man. Hijinks ensue. They fall in love. (Ho hum.) Oh yeah – there’s a whole lot of minutely-detailed graphic sex scenes, many that are fairly off-the-wall kinky. (Again, ho hum. Not that I’m disinterested in sex or that I’m a huge prude or anything, but I skip through those parts.) Plus, the books are not exactly well-written either, in my opinion. I don’t know who is worse, this author or the guy who wrote “The Da Vinci Code”! Really, there must be at least one other adjective to describe how the guy looks than “hot” and at least one other verb to describe how he smiles than “smirk” – check a thesaurus, lady! And why am I even reading this trash anyway?
Anyway, mini-book review over. Back to my ocular migraine …
I found that I couldn’t focus on the words on the pages of the book, but only with my left eye. My right eye seemed fine. I thought perhaps my left contact lens had a blurry spot on it (which has actually happened a couple of times), so I kept tilting my head and squinting that eye to see if that made my vision any better. It didn’t. Then I realized that it wasn’t just a blur I was seeing with my left eye, it was actually a sort-of zig-zaggy line, down the left side and across the bottom of my field of vision. A-HA! I thought. This is another ocular migraine!
But wait! I should also be seeing a blue light in the corner of my eye, I realized. At least, that’s what I saw last time this happened, along with the sort-of zig-zaggy line. I looked up from the book, and yep, there was the blue light, a little more muted that I remembered it being, but blue it was.
So. Nothing to do but wait it out, maybe half an hour at the most, then all would be well again.
My vision cleared in only ten minutes, then I went back to my reading.
Weird, huh? Also weird is the fact that this type of migraine involves absolutely no pain, so if you’re going to get one, this would be the one to get, I suppose. They’re actually quite harmless and they always self-resolve in half an hour or less. My optometrist has told me that no particular cause has yet been determined for ocular migraines, but that they are often found in people who also suffer from migraine headaches (which I don’t get a lot, but I have had a handful in my lifetime). Sometimes an ocular migraine leads right into a migraine headache, but fortunately, that has not been my experience.
And I guess the moral of this story could be don’t read crappy books, because they could temporarily impair your vision.