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can pinched nerves in the back or neck cause me to have black spots in my vision?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
See your doctor: While pinched nerves and spots in the vision are usually not related, there may be something more involved that needs to be evaluated. This is especially true if the nerve compromise is in your neck. To be safe, see your primary care doctor.
Dr. Jennifer Lee
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Not likely: Most likely these are unrelated. The nerves in your back are connected by the same structure as the optic nerve (the spinal cord) however they are located in very different areas of the body.
Dr. Paul M Bonds
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
No.: Cells in the gel in the center of the eye or clumps of the vitreous gel can be seen as "spots". This is the usual cause. Blood cells, pigment cells and inflammatory cells can also be seen.
Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Not likely.: None of the nerves or blood vessels that serve the vision system go through the neck. The eye has its own private nerves, called cranial nerves, that go straight from the brain to the eye, without entering the spinal column, so neck problems don't usually affect the eyes.

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Last updated Apr 11, 2019

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