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what could cause very temporary bilateral amaurosis fugax on side vision over a 2-3 month period, and could tests wait for a 5 week prebooked vacation?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Amaurosis fugax: Not sure who gave you the diagnosis, but if this is correct you are at risk of a stroke and you need to have it checked right away, and if you want to avoid having a problem on your vacation, i would get it checked asap.
Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Risk of stroke: Amaurosis may represent a form of transient ischemic attack, 'tia.' this is a pre-stroke condition. You are 15 times more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke. You need blood work looking for inflammatory, cholesterol, or blood cell causes. You also need a carotid ultrasound to check to make sure the arteries in your neck are open and an ultrasound of the heart to check the valves.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No! Address now: This can be a very serious and even life-threatening early sign of a stroke. While other things can cause vision changes (amaurosis fugax is a very specific term to use), many of these are serious as well. Please do not wait to get evaluated. You want to be able to fully enjoy a vacation with an intact and healthy body and spirit!

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