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Doctor insights on: Blindness Permanent Temporal Artiritis

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Would someone with temporal arteritis go blind very fast if left untreated? Or could someone have it for a long time untreated & not go blind?

Would someone with temporal arteritis go blind very fast if left untreated? Or could someone have it for a long time untreated & not go blind?

TA: Blindness due to temporal arteritis comes from occlusion of the artery that supplies blood flow to the eye. Occlusion happens suddenly - sight one minute and blind the next. Not everyone with TA becomes blind but that is the major risk of the disease and the reason that we treat aggressively and early. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What are my chances of going blind with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

What are my chances of going blind with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis jra?

Small: First, you need to know which type of jra (a.K.A. Jia or juvenile idiopathic arthritis) you have as the risk of eye disease varies with the different types. Even if you are in a category of increased risk, the chance of blindness is small with proper screening and follow-up. ...Read more

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What produces blindness in the peripheral visual field of each eye's temporal hemiretinal half?

What produces blindness in the peripheral visual field of each eye's temporal hemiretinal half?

Hemi-field loss: Is usually due to a pathology posterior (behind) to the eye itself. A lesion or area of pathology will usually be located from the area of the pituitary gland (approx. just forward of central brain) where the optic nerves cross to anywhere along the optic radiation ending at the occipital lobe (portion of the brain at the lower back of the skull). An MRI or CT can usually identify the cause. ...Read more

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Can my mother live alone? She has temporal arteritis; she is now blind in one eye; she is insulin diabetic; she has inflamatory bowl disease

Can my mother live alone? She has temporal arteritis; she is now blind in one eye; she is insulin diabetic; she has inflamatory bowl disease

It's : It's really not possible to say for sure without knowing your mother's overall performance status. There are people with the conditions you've described who would do well on their own , but there are others who would be overwhelmed by any one of them. I guess my biggest concern would be whether she can see well enough to check her blood sugar and give herself insulin. If she's getting steroids for the arteritis, her blood sugar will be very high and difficult to manage. ...Read more

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I have temporal arteritis doctor said I should only worry about headaches on side of my temple. Headaches else where shouldn't worry me but they do I am unsure about when to increase steroids fear of blindness.?

I have temporal arteritis doctor said I should only worry about headaches on side of my temple. Headaches else where shouldn't worry me but they do I am unsure about when to increase steroids fear of blindness.?

Biopsy?: Depending on how long you've been on steriods you may want to consider a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. The longer you've been treated the more likely you are to have a less helpful - false negative - result. Your doctor may also follow some blood work (ESR) to see how you are responding to treatment. ...Read more

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Hi, i'm 37 f. Suffering pain, tingles & weakness in hands, dropping things, night time blindness in r eye, hearing loss&tiredness, could it be arthritis?

Hi, i'm 37 f. Suffering pain, tingles & weakness in hands, dropping things, night time blindness in r eye, hearing loss&tiredness, could it be arthritis?

Complicated: Your presentation is very complicated and will likely need a number of specialists to figure out. There are a few rare disorders linking loss of vision with hearing loss that are in the 'arthritis' family. Consider consulting with ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and rheumatology to find the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can your eyesight ever return from having temporal artiritis?

Can your eyesight ever return from having temporal artiritis?

Unlikely: It's not impossible but it is unlikely. Only 5-15% of patients who suffer visual loss from gca have any improvement in vision at all after the initial insult, and complete recovery is unusual. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Vision Loss (Definition)

Vision loss is where a person becomes unable to see to the extent that they were previously able. This can include a total loss of vision, a loss of visual acuity, or a loss of part ...Read more