Can Migraine Damage Eyes? - Eyes Swell with Headache

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Puffy eyes have been seen many times in people with migraine disease. This is also called eyelid edema or swollen eyelids. These symptoms are known as unilateral cranial autonomic symptoms which means the symptoms develop on both sides of the head and can not be controlled by an individual.

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Up to 70% of people experience autonomic symptoms with migraine disease. Our autonomic nervous system regulates the involuntary processes of the body such as heartbeat, digestion, sensation, blood flow, and breathing.

What are the Autonomic Symptoms?

Symptoms relating to the above-mentioned processes and other autonomic symptoms include:
  • Dizziness
  • Swelling of the Tissues
  • Blurry vision
  • Heart Rate Disturbances
  • Digestive Problems
  • Puffy Eyelids with Allergies
  • Watery Eyes
  • Droopy Eyelids
  • Facial Flushing
  • Red or Bloodshot Eyes
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Ear fullness

Why do Swollen Eyelids Occur?

The pain sensors are in the coverage area of the brain which nerves are connected to the autonomic system and they are affected by migraine that causes autonomic symptoms such as puffy or swollen eyelids. Remember that puffy eyelids do not occur to every patient with migraine.

Usually, puffy eyelids are considered common in cluster headaches. Therefore when puffy eyes occur with cluster headaches, the person may be misdiagnosed with migraine disease instead of cluster headaches.

How they are Treated at Home?

Several home remedies may bring relief to the eye symptoms associated with a migraine attack.
  • If you wear contact lenses try to wear them off and feel relief from irritation by the worse swelling.
  • Rinse your eyes with saline water to make sure that there are no irritants.
  • Place a cool compress on your puffy eyelids several times a day.
If you do not feel any comfort or relief then see a doctor to treat puffy and swollen eyelids.

Can Migraine Damage your Eyes?

An ocular migraine can cause double vision, blurry vision, vision loss, or blindness in one eye. But these may last for one or less than one hour and are found in only rare cases. If you have ocular migraine then must tell to a doctor because there is a small risk of damaging the optic nerve by reducing the blood flow of the blood vessels of the eye retina and it can lead to permanent vision loss. 

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