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Is it an emergency?

Hi all. I was diagnosed with AMD last year the dry type by my high street opticians. I have been to the eye dept at my local hospital and, the diagnosis was confirmed there. Now, recently over the last couple of weeks I have been getting migraine headaches daily and sometimes up to 3 times a day, followed by a slight headache. Not particularly in or over the eyes but, I have had every time an aura of jagged semi circular bright light. I also get a fleeting wave of vision which starts in the left of the left eye and moves towards the nose. The right eye doesn't seem to be affected. As I say, it is a wave of what I am looking at.

My dilemma is, should I see my GP or ring the eye hospital or, do nothing.

I would be very grateful for any advice from the forum as, Worried as to what to do. TIA

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Hi caz59, I would ring your eye clinic and ask them.

I had migraines with visual disturbances long before my eye probs and was told they weren't related. On the other hand, flashing lights is one of those things they say to get checked out.

The Macular Society may also give you good advice if you can't get through to the eye clinic.

Definitely don't leave it though. Ring someone today - better safe than sorry.

Best wishes to you going forward x

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Hi eyes right. Thank you for your advice and time to answer my post. Very much appreciated.

I have just come back from my opticians, after a very thorough examination I am so relieved to tell you that the symptoms are not macula related. The symptoms are more towards a visual migrane and I should keep a diary to see what is causing them.

Once again thank you for your concern.

Best Wishes


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Dear caz59,

I am assuming that you were discharged by the hospital? Therefore, it would really be worth you attending the opticians and getting them to check your eyes as soon as possible in case that there is anything that needs addressing.

Headaches are not directly linked to the macular condition. It may also be worth you attending the GP in case there is anything else that needs addressing.

Individuals with a macular related condition tend to develop a heightened sensitivity to glare. I am mentioning this in case it may be contributing to the situation. The glare is produced by the blue light in the spectrum. Ordinary sunglasses protect against the UV but not the blue light. Therefore, individuals can find that they can end up trying to eradicate the discomfort from the glare by wearing ordinary sunglasses which are too dark for the lighting conditions, thereby obscuring their vision. The way to potentially address this is to choose spectacles from the anti-glare protection range, as they both protect against the blue light in the spectrum and the UV, and come in a range of shades. Therefore, an individual can either choose to purchase one shade or various for different lighting conditions.

Anti-glare protection comes in a variety of styles of frames; however, fit-overs are handy when an individual already wears spectacles.

In terms of colour choice, as an indication, e.g. yellow anti-glare fit-overs are generally good for indoor use as they do not reduce the amount of light coming in; reduce glare, increase contrast and definition. They are also suitable for outdoor use on a dull day when glare may still be an issue, but there is not adequate natural light to wear a darker shade. On a brighter day out an orange pair of fit-overs may be advisable, followed by an amber pair on a very bright day out.

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Dear Rosalyn.

Thank you for your advice and concern.

I have just returned from my opticians. After a very thorough examination the symptoms I am having are not macula related.

I am so relieved at this news. The symptoms, appear to be caused by visual migraines, and I am to keep a diary to see if anything is causing them.

Once again thank you for your advice, was greatly appreciated.

Best Wishes



Dear caz59,

I am pleased to read that you have got to the source of the problem.

It still may be worth looking at the anti-glare protection range.

Kind regards,


Macular Society Helpline

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