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can the eye have a stroke? if so, what can happen to the vision?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Yes: Such an event is the result of a retinal artery occlusion and the result is loss of vision in the effected eye. As in a brain stroke, time is of the essence as far as initiation of treatment is concerned. Even with early treatment, only 20-30% of cases will retain useful vision in the eye.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: A stroke is a blockage of a blood vessel in the nervous system causing some degree of altered or damaged function. The back of the eye has blood vessels that in certain circumstances be occluded causing a stroke, which produces loss of vision, in the area of the retina supplied by that vessel. In extreme cases, the central artery is blocked and all vision is lost in that eye.

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