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The weird "pixilation" is an aura, (possibly scintillating scotoma).There are prescribed medications for migraine which alter (reduce) bloodflow in the brain, e.g. Sumatriptan (new), Ergotamine (old) Because of nausea which often accompanies migraines ["upchucking"] other routes of drug delivery are available.Sumatriptan is available as a nasal spray, Ergotamine as a suppository, (yes, stick it where the sun don't shine).NB: ischemic disease ("poor circulation") is a contra-indicator for the above vaso-cconstrictor medications.
... are they just not so severe because of my age.
the problem diminished significantly when I was in my twenties
Atherosclerosis typically begins in early adolescence