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A 54-year-old female asked:

i have been occasionally waking up with dim vision in left eye. i have a 60% blockage of my carotid artery on the left. could this be the cause?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 54 years experience
Maybe: Amaurosis fugax is what you are referring to. The plaque in the carotid artery can shed particulate matter upstream, and when this enters the artery going to the same side eye, typical symptom of "shade coming over the eye" is experienced. Visiting an eye doctor may help make this diagnosis.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Possibly: The more classic presentation would be an episode of blurred vision that lasts 20-30 minutes and then resolves. Hopefully you are taking an Aspirin per day (or equivalent blood-thinner). Schedule a visit with your ophthalmologist to find out what's going on.
Dr. David Fertel
Vascular Surgery 35 years experience
Probably not: Amarosis fugax or the sx of corotid stenosis is temporary blindness in 1 eye and it comes on like a lamp shade.

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Last updated Oct 24, 2017

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