Headache for ophthalmologists: current advances in headache understanding and management

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  • Susan Mollan
  • Jasvir Virdee
  • Edward Bilton
  • Anita Krishan

Colleges, School and Institutes


Patients with headache and head pain are often referred to ophthalmologists. These symptoms can either be associated with underlying ophthalmic conditions, or more often are headache disorders unrelated to the eyes. Understanding the phenotype of the headache is critical for advice, safe discharge or onward referral. This review will provide an update on the criteria for common headache disorders that are often seen by ophthalmology and embrace disorders associated with ophthalmic diseases. It will also describe the changing management of migraine and outline recent therapies that are currently available.

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Funding Information: Funding AJS is funded by a Sir Jules Thorn Award for Biomedical Science. Publisher Copyright: © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.


Original languageEnglish
Early online date12 Feb 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Feb 2021

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