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More Than Meets the Eye: The Eye and Migraine—What You Need to Know

Digre, Kathleen, B., MD

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology: June 2018 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 237–243
doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000660
Hoyt Lecture

Abstract: Migraine has long been associated with disturbances of vision, especially migraine with aura. However, the eye plays an important role in sensory processing as well. We have found that the visual quality of life is reduced in migraine. In this review, we discuss how the migraine and eye pain pathways are similar and affect many of the common complaints which are seen in ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology offices, such as dry eye and postoperative eye pain. We also review other related phenomena, including visual snow and photophobia, which also are related to altered sensory processing in migraine.

Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City,Utah

Address correspondence to Kathleen B. Digre, MD, Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; E-mail: kathleen.digre@hsc.utah.edu

This work was supported in part by an Unrestricted Grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, Inc, New York, NY, to the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Utah.

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

© 2018 by North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society