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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Amaurosis Fugax (Overview)

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.


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What sort of problem is amaurosis fugax?

What sort of problem is amaurosis fugax?

Carotid: Amaurosis fugax is a transient loss of vision in one eye due to a temporary insufficiency of blood flow to the retina. It occurs when a piece of plaque in a carotid artery breaks off and travels to the retinal artery in the eye, in patients w carotid artery disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
44 doctors shared insights

Amaurosis Fugax (Overview)

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.


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My husband was diagnosed with amaurosis fugax. Opthlmic tests show no optic nerve damage. Carotid ultrsound and echocardiogram both neg. What next?

My husband was diagnosed with amaurosis fugax. Opthlmic tests show no optic nerve damage. Carotid ultrsound and echocardiogram both neg. What next?

Amayrosis fugax: Amaurosis fugax is transient loss of vision in one eye from circulatory issues. One of the causes is a clot from neck arteries or heart going into the eye through blood stream. There are other causes to be considered like glaucoma , vasculitis(inflammation of blood vessels especially giant cell arteritis) coagulation disorder. If all work up is negative , chance of recurrence is very low. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What underlying conditions cause amaurosis fugax?

Vascular problems: This is indicative of vascular blockage or insufficiency usually carotid artery disease.This needs urgent eval to prevent brain stroke. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for amaurosis fugax ?

What is the treatment for amaurosis fugax
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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. ...Read more

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What is amaurosis fugax?

What is amaurosis fugax?

Momentary blindness: ... In one eye. Usually it is caused by constriction or temporary occlusion of the central retinal artery. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is amaurosis fugax?

Carotid: Amaurosis fugax is a transient loss of vision in one eye due to a temporary insufficiency of blood flow to the retina. It occurs when a piece of plaque in a carotid artery breaks off and travels to the retinal artery in the eye, in patients w carotid artery disease. ...Read more

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What underlying conditions cause amaurosis fugax?

Vascular problems: This is indicative of vascular blockage or insufficiency usually carotid artery disease.This needs urgent eval to prevent brain stroke. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: amaurosis fugax?

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. ...Read more

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Do people with amaurosis fugax have a lot of pain?

Do people with amaurosis fugax have a lot of pain?

Not usually: Amaurosis fugax is a sudden and temporary loss of vision, often in one eye. It is painless, and usually recovers without intervention. The underlying cause may be arterial or heart disease and needs to be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for amaurosis fugax ?

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. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate amaurosis fugax and oscular migraine?

How can I differentiate amaurosis fugax and oscular migraine?

One eye: Amaurosis fugax is by definition sudden loss of vision in one eye, that reverses itself. Ocular migraines are always in both eyes, and are characterized by zig zags or sparkles that spread out gradually and go away gradually. Amaurosis lasts a few minutes...Ocular migraines can last up to 45 minutes. Go see an eye doctor, and if it is only one eye, go see your regular medical doctor asap. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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! ...Read more

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Is amaurosis fugax like an actual curtain descending? A gray block covered half my one eye out of nowhere, no descending just came and left, 45 seconds. Ophthalmologist saw nothing wrong. Other ideas?

Stroke precursor: Amaurosis fugax is usually a precursor to a stroke/CVA or heart attack. It may indicate a narrowing of the carotid artery in the neck. This is an embolic event so may resolve without any further symptoms. I would seek further evaluation by your PCP ASAP, or ED if symptoms recur. ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with amaurosis fugax. Opthlmic tests show no optic nerve damage. Carotid ultrsound and echocardiogram both neg. What next?

Amayrosis fugax: Amaurosis fugax is transient loss of vision in one eye from circulatory issues. One of the causes is a clot from neck arteries or heart going into the eye through blood stream. There are other causes to be considered like glaucoma , vasculitis(inflammation of blood vessels especially giant cell arteritis) coagulation disorder. If all work up is negative , chance of recurrence is very low. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is leber's congenital amaurosis?

Could you explain what is leber's congenital amaurosis?

Genetic eye problem: A rare congenital eye disorder that affects one in 80, 000. Affected infants are often blind at birth. Other symptoms may include crossed eyes (strabismus); rapid, involuntary eye movements (nystagmus); unusual sensitivity to light (photophobia); clouding of the lenses of the eyes (cataracts); and/or a cone shape to the front of the eye (keratoconus). Inherited as an autosomal recessive condition. ...Read more

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What is leber's congenital amaurosis? What causes it?

What is leber's congenital amaurosis? What causes it?

Rare retinal disease: This is a rare disorder of the retina that occurs a few times in 100,000 births, associated with abnormal eye movements , far sightedness, severe vision problems from birth, and light sensitivity. It's exact cause is unknown, and is one of the most common causes of blindness in children ...Read more

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Pls advise whether colonoscopy is necessary if one suffers from proctslgia fugax?

Pls advise whether colonoscopy is necessary if one suffers from proctslgia fugax?

Proctalgia Fugax: This is a painful spasm of the recto-anal region. There is no known direct cause known. Typically seen in the middle of the night when you awaken. It makes you go to the bathroom and try to pass stools but there is nothing. The colonoscopy is just to rule out other conditions like hemorrhoids, cancer, etc... ...Read more

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After googling, i found my condition to be similar to proctalgia fugax. What is the difference between that and rectal pain of endometriosis?

After googling, i found my condition to be similar to proctalgia fugax. What is the difference between that and rectal pain of endometriosis?

Not that similar: Endometriosis pain would be limited to the menstrual cycle. Proctalgia fugax can occur randomly. It affects men and women. It is thought to be a dysfunction of the nerves triggering the levator ani muscles. ...Read more