What are the negative visual symptoms of migraine headache aura?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Auras most commonly consist of visual symptoms, which may be negative or positive. Negative symptoms (see the images below) include negative scotomata or negative visual phenomena, such as the following:

  • Homonymous hemianopic or quadrantic field defects

  • Central scotomas

  • Tunnel vision

  • Altitudinal visual defects

  • Complete blindness

    Migraine headache. Frank visual field loss can als Migraine headache. Frank visual field loss can also occur associated with migraine. This example shows loss of the entire right visual field as described by a person who experiences migraines.
    Migraine headache. Example of a central scotoma as Migraine headache. Example of a central scotoma as described by a person who experiences migraines. Note the visual loss in the center of vision.
    Migraine headache. Example of a central scotoma as Migraine headache. Example of a central scotoma as described by a person who experiences migraine headaches. Again note the visual loss in the center of vision.

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