• Why do I get migraines during eye exams?


    Question:

    I get migraines, and after I have my eyes dilated for eye exams I get severe migraines. Why is this the case and is there anything I can do to avoid this?


    Answer:

    Perhaps the light is a trigger for your migraines. You might consider asking your doctor to reverse the dilation with drops after your examination and you can use dark glasses on the way home. Also, ask your ophthalmologist to check for narrow angles. Perhaps the headache is an indication of elevated eye pressure.


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