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what is the treatment for amaurosis fugax

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Dr. Theresa Yang
Dr. Theresa Yanganswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Mini-StrokeC MD ASAP: See your doctor immediately if you experience signs of amaurosis fugax (temporary vision loss in one eye). These symptoms are caused by decreased blood flow to the retinal artery (which is fed by the carotid artery in the neck) and can lead to stroke if untreated. Aspirin, lifestyle changes, or surgery to open up the blood vessel can be done depending on the severity of disease.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Amaurosis fugax: Is temporal blindness. Most of the time if not always is associated to a ruptured plaque of cholesterol or emboli from the carotid arteries plaques) this pts require anti platelets ( aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) Aggrenox or anticoagulants). If the internal carotid is obstructed >75% may require surgery. Picture :retina -  cholesterol emboli of retina (hollenhorst.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Identify the source: This is a loss of vision in one eye, usually in a pattern like a curtain from top to bottom or the opposite. Most commonly it is from emboli arising in the vascular system that feeds into the ophthalmic artery supplying the retina. It could be from heart valvular disease or arterial lining disease. Treatment is to eliminate the source of these emboli usually by a vascular specialist.

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A 51-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is amaurosis fugax?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Potential vascular: Amaurosis fugax is a condition where there is a temporary (seconds to minutes) partial or complete loss of vision in one eye. It is caused by a variety of conditions such as: vasospasm, optic nerve disease, increased intracranial pressure, or atherosclerosis. Because there is a risk of artery disease, patients with amaurosis need immediate work-up of their heart, carotids and blood pressure.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I think I know from latin but what is amaurosis fugax?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
See below: Amaurosis fugax is when the central retinal artery is blocked by a plaque or deposit from the carotids. This results in restriction or stoppage of blood flow to the retina which causes the vision to shut off. It usually manifests like a window shade coming down over the field of vision. The symptom usually lasts just a minute or two and then returns. If this happens, see your doctor asap.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is amaurosis fugax?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Momentary blindness: ... In one eye. Usually it is caused by constriction or temporary occlusion of the central retinal artery.
A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: amaurosis fugax?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Transient blindness: Temporary loss of vision usually lasting less than 5 minutes often as a result of a small blood clot (embolus) passing through the retinal artery.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What underlying conditions cause amaurosis fugax?

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Dr. Gregory Pinto
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Amaurosis fugax: Amaurosis fugax, or temporary blindness, is often caused by a circulation disorder. An example would be a piece of cholesterol that breaks away from the side of the heart chamber or carotid artery and temporarily lodges in one of the blood vessels of a retinal artery. Other circulation problems such as inflamed blood vessels or migraine can also cause amaurosis fugax.

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