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Review Education GroupWhat to Do When the Patient Says They Have “Ocular Migraine” (CE)

Demystifying the Complex Landscape of Ocular Migraine Diagnosis and Management

Navigating the complexities of “ocular migraines” requires a nuanced understanding of their pathophysiology, presentation, and management. This CE program offers a comprehensive guide for optometrists to accurately diagnose and manage this often misunderstood condition.

Key Points:
  • Jointly provided by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and the Review Education Group.
  • COPE-approved for two hours of CE credit.
  • Targeted at optometrists dealing with ocular migraines.
  • Educational objectives include recognizing pathophysiology, evaluating and classifying migraines, educating patients on triggers, and determining when referral is needed.
  • Emphasizes that “ocular migraine” is a misnomer, often used to describe various conditions like migraine aura with or without headache, retinal migraine, and ophthalmoplegic migraine.
Additional Points:
  • The program covers the latest International Classification of Headache Disorders, third edition (ICHD-3).
  • Discusses the importance of ruling out substantial ocular pathology and/or systemic causes.
  • Provides insights into the epidemiology of migraines, affecting 12% to 15% of people.
  • Outlines the clinical workup required for diagnosis, including visual field tests, OCT, and fundus photography.


  • The program serves as an essential resource for optometrists, offering a deep dive into the intricacies of diagnosing and managing “ocular migraines,” while emphasizing the importance of accurate terminology and comprehensive clinical workup.

A Google search for “ocular migraine” yields more than four million results, despite the term being a misnomer that has fallen out of favor with headache specialists.

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