Here's A Complete Guide For Ophthalmoplegic Migraine

The best way to treat Ophthalmoplegic Migraine is to try to find out what triggers it (just like other types of migraine). After knowing it, try to av

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Nov 02, 2019Updated at: Feb 06, 2020
Here's A Complete Guide For Ophthalmoplegic Migraine

The term Ophthamoplegic Migraine may be new to many people. It is not precisely migraine but is a problem with specific nerves of the brain that control the eyes. These include the third cranial (oculomotor) and nerves, which help the eyes to move. In some cases, it also affects the 6th and 4th cranial nerves. So let's learn more about Ophthamoplegic Migraine.

Nervous system

Dr Aatmesh Kumar of Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, Rohini, says that many people are not aware of this Ophthamoplegic Migraine. It is a nervous system problem, and however, often people consider it a disease related to the eyes. Actually, with this, the person has mainly problems like watery eyes, aches and pain, blurred and double vision. In such cases, people often consult the eye specialist or get their eyes tested. But if you are still not finding any solution to the problem, then you should immediately contact a neurologist.



Symptoms are sometimes visible and can last from hours to weeks. In very few cases, the symptoms may be permanent. Some of the prominent symptoms are:

  • The weakness of muscles in one or both eyes
  • Pain around eyeballs
  • Double vision
  • Sensitiveness to Light
  • Migraine Headache
  • Pain on one side of the  or face
  • Frequent fall of upper eyelids
  • Vomiting and nausea


There is no definite cause of Ophthamoplegic Migraine. However, some things can trigger it, such as stress, alcohol, and certain foods. According to one theory, the layer around our veins, called myelin, breaks down for some reason and nerves swell. The myelin then repairs itself, and during that time, the person faces an ophthalmoplegic's migraine (or related problem). At the same time, it is also believed that sometimes the blood vessels around the eyes do not develop properly, due to which sufficient blood does not reach the eye muscles (which causes this problem).


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It is imperative to consult a neurologist after a minimum of two attacks of Ophthalmoplegic Migraine. No tests are currently available to identify ophthalmoplegic migraines, but doctors first perform other ophthalmological investigations to detect this problem. Sometimes, due to lymphoma and blood clots, the muscles of the eye can also become weak. Therefore, it is tested first, and only then, the actual condition is determined.


There is no cure for ophthalmoplegic migraine, but the situation can be improved with the help of some medicines. In some cases, steroids such as methylprednisolone or prednisone are also injected intravenously with the help of a tube.

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