I’ve been experiencing a very peculiar aura recently.
No, it’s not one of those magical, mystical, spiritual auras that surround the bodies living beings and supposedly shows the essence of the individual, and which essence is discernible only by people with “special sensibilities.”
Nor is it a distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place.
The aura I’m talking about is when squiggly, vibrating, and sometimes colorful lines appear around the edges of one or both of my eyes.
These auras are flashes or flickering lights that are manifested by either zigzag lines or waves.
Naturally, I Googled “visual auras,” where I learned that these visual auras are a common symptom of something referred to as a “migraine without headache.”
One site noted that “A migraine that involves visual disturbance is called an ocular migraine.” During an ocular migraine, according to the description, “you may see flashing or shimmering lights, zigzagging lines, or stars. Some people describe seeing psychedelic images. It may also cause blind spots in your field of vision.”
Psychedelic images? Not like any psychedelic images I remember from my acid-dropping days.
According to WebMD, visual auras are rare. They affect about one out of every 200 people who have migraines.
Migraines? I’ve never suffered from migraines in my entire life.
My wife does, though. When my visual auras come along, she suggests that I take a couple of Advil and go lie down in a darkened room for an hour or so. And that seems to work. When I’m done with my mini-nap, my aura is gone.