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August 1981


Arch Ophthalmol. 1981;99(8):1472. doi:10.1001/archopht.1981.03930020346034

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The ophthalmologist inevitably finds that he must deal with patients with headaches, if only to refer them to some other physician. Patients with the visual symptoms of migraine, with or without headache, commonly seek ophthalmic consultation; patients with headaches brought on by reading or exposure to bright lights may believe that their eyes or eyeglasses are defective. Some knowledge of headache disorders would be helpful to the ophthalmologist, but the opthalmic literature on headache is sparse. Good discussions on the visual aspects of migraine are available in Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology by Walsh and Hoyt and Neuro-Ophthalmology by Glaser, but the ophthalmologist may want to know more about current concepts of nosology, pathophysiology, and headache treatment.

This monograph by Raskin and Appenzeller provides a scholarly discussion that is brief, well written, and inexpensive. Most of the book is devoted to migraine headache, but chapters on cluster headache, tension headache, posttraumatic headache, giant

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