What Does Migraine Aura Look Like?

Around 20-25% of time, people with migraines experience an aura before a migraine. An aura is basically a “natural alert” which lets you know a migraine is about to hit. It can last up to an hour before the actual headache. Migraine aura mostly causes visual disturbances although at times it can be sensory or olfactory as well.

So what does a migraine aura feel like? Some migraine sufferers described what they see and feel:

1) Many people said they see blind spots especially when they are trying to read either on the computer or a book

Migraine Aura - blind spots


2) Others said their aura feels like looking at camera flashes

camera flashes


3) For many, aura is olfactory- either smelling things that aren’t there or a heightened sense of smell

Migraine Aura: Smell


4) Some people reported having double vision during a migraine

Migraine Buddy: vibrating


5) Many people see bright flashes and different colours appear before them

Migraine Aura:color red blue purple


6) Often those colours appear in circular zig zag lines



7) A lot of people say their aura causes blindness which sets in gradually and results in about 75-80% blindness

Migraine Aura: blindness


8) Sometimes migraine aura can appear like blank TV channel fuzz before the blindness sets in
migraine aura: tv fuzz

To better understand your migraines, you can download the Migraine Buddy tracking app on Google Play or Apple App Store.

Migraine Buddy is an advanced migraine headache diary and tracking app designed by neurologists and data scientist. It is rated as the #1 Migraine App, with advanced reporting & exports and automatic tracking of pressure, weather and sleep!

Many migraine sufferers say when you get a migraine aura, it’s better if you take your medication


And get some rest!



See the top 5 migraine aura for Migraine Buddy Users here.

Read More: Migraine Symptoms: Stages of a Migraine, What is a Migraine?



  • Navjeevan Singh

    6 is exactly what I have. No noticeable prodrome, at least I have not been able to identify one yet; no headache; no identifiable postdrome.
    I understand this is unusual.
    All the same, it is bothersome.