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I just literally went blind for a minute, now my eyes hurt and burn. what does this sound like?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Ocular Migraine : Temporary blind spots and formed flashes-scintillating schotomas are part of the ocular migraine or ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine. Patients have spasms of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms. Temporary loss of blood flow causes temporary sight loss. If it persists or interferes with daily activities then go to your primary care doctor for an exam and treatment.
Dr. Fred Orlando
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Hard to say.: "literally went blind for a minute" implies total vision loss in both eyes for about 60 secs. That, in itself, is very rare and is difficult to relate to eyes that burn/hurt. The latter is very common with dryness of the eyes - but vision at most would be blurry not at all blind. Major temporary vision loss is usually circulatory. Cause varies from migraine to serious blockage. Pain is rare.

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