Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up


All communities will be placed in read-only mode (you will be able to see and search for posts but not start or reply to discussions) as we conduct maintenance. We will make another announcement when posting is re-opened. Thank you for your continued support and patience, and if you have any further questions, please email

Yours in health,
WebMD Community Management

Partial Blindness leading to migraine headache.
smkoberg posted:
I've been suffering from these "Migraines" for a few years now. They are always proceeded by partial blindness, typically in the periphery of my vision. That is how I know I'm about to get a migraine. The usual timeline is as follows: First, I'll begin to lose vision in a small area which then grows, where I cant see out of my peripheral vision. After that peaks, the headache begins and grows in strength. As this is happening my vision slowly returns to normal. The headache can last anywhere between 30 minutes to four hours. A few times I've had my fingers go numb, sometimes, today for example, my whole hand started tingling. The partial blindness always returns before the headache. I've heard of and researched about different types of migraines, but I'm not sure if those are whats happening.
AJH1987 responded:
Are you seeing a neurologist?

I think you might have migraine with aura, but you should double check with a neurologist.
allie_bf responded:
I agree with AJH1987. I have a similar aura, except that it only involves one eye. Check with a neurologist whenever you have new or unexplained migraine symptoms. Whether you try preventative medications is up to him/her, and it depends mostly on the frequency and intensity of the headaches. The preventative medications, and the abortive medications, tend to work on the pain, but do little to address the visual symptoms.
carpetcrawler5 responded:
Drink coffee right away the next time it comes back.

Helpful Tips

Migraine Prevention MedicationsExpert
Which medications work for migraine prevention? This question comes up all the time, so I've made a list of some of the medications we use ... More
Was this Helpful?
83 of 112 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health Pain Disorders Center