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What is the treatment for amaurosis fugax

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Dr. Theresa Yang
Dr. Theresa Yanganswered
General Practice 10 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 41 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 53 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.
Last updated Mar 10, 2016

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