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Recovered from TIA except for loss of peripheral vision in left eye and the left side of right. Experiencing further sight loss. Is this usual?

Recovered from TIA except for loss of peripheral vision in left eye and the left side of right. Experiencing further sight loss. Is this usual?

No: It is not normal. Often visual loss after stroke is permanent or get better over time. If your vision is degrading, you should see your eye doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

Peripheral Vision (Definition)

When you look at someone's face, you can still see their hand, even though you are not looking directly at it. When you are walking through a doorway, you are not looking at the sides, or looking directly at the threshold, but you see it through your peripheral vision. Anything outside of your direct focus spot, is considered peripheral. Which can be measured ...Read more


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My left eye has slightly moved inward. It's moderately painful. When I look to the left my peripheral vision gets cloudy. Can I still sleep?

My left eye has slightly moved inward. It's moderately painful. When I look to the left my peripheral vision gets cloudy. Can I still sleep?

Concerned for you: Abrupt onset of visual changes combined with abnormal eye movement is a very concerning combination. Since these symptoms could be a result of serious illness, it would be wise to seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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I'm seeing orange blurs from my right eyes and a couple times blue from my left eye. Seems like it is in my peripheral vision. What could cause this?

I'm seeing orange blurs from my right eyes and a couple times blue from my left eye. Seems like it is in my peripheral vision. What could cause this?

See your eye doctor: You may be experiencing ocular migraine that appears as multicolor phenomena, but to be sure, your eye doctor can help you out best. Best to see what s/he finds out when doing a complete dilated fundoscopic exam. ...Read more

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Had flashes in peripheral vision (left eye) for a few minutes then not anymore. Painless migraine?

Had flashes in peripheral vision (left eye) for a few minutes then not anymore. Painless migraine?

Variety of things: This could be a number of different things; if this is something new, you should be seen promptly. ...Read more

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I am currently experiencing blurred peripheral vision in my left eye, (like looking through a prism) on meds for sinus infect. Are they related?

See eye doctor ASAP.: If a sinus infection starts to affect your vision, you are in big trouble. The first thing you need to do is to consult an ophthalmologist ASAP. Side effects from medications may rarely affect one's vision but I 'd not expect it to affect only one eye. ...Read more

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I am noticing heat waves rising from my peripheral vision (temporal and bottom) mostly in left eye in dark. They are continuous. Don't see after sleep?

I am noticing heat waves rising from my peripheral vision (temporal and bottom) mostly in left eye in dark. They are continuous. Don't see after sleep?

Get checked: Your profile suggests some eye and vision problems already, so you likely gave an ophthalmologist following you. If not, see one. I would be concerned that such specific areas of abnormal vision could relate to retinal problems. Quadrant vision loss and change can also occur with certain strokes. Best to get thorough history and dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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Eye hurts in the outside corner. A couple of months ago both eyes where red and my left eye I could not use my peripheral vision, for it pained me so?

Eye hurts in the outside corner. A couple of months ago both eyes where red and my left eye I could not use my peripheral vision, for it pained me so?

See an eye doctor: You should see an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) for any pain in your eye. There could be a serious problem, like glaucoma, an infection, or an inflammation that needs treatment. ...Read more

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I'm 23 and I have noticed floaters in my left eye and constant flashing of lights in my peripheral vision when I'm outside. It's almost looks like a million gnats flying around. Thoughts?

I'm 23 and I have noticed floaters in my left eye and constant flashing of lights in my peripheral vision when I'm outside. It's almost looks like a million gnats flying around. Thoughts?

Recommend exam: Only way to know if this is something that needs treatment is to have a dilated exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist to evaluate the cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am experiencing peripheral vision distortion in my left eye. The effect seems like looking through moving water. It happened only briefly. Gone now?

I am experiencing peripheral vision distortion in my left eye. The effect seems like looking through moving water. It happened only briefly. Gone now?

Vision disturbance: 73 F from CA experienced peripheral vision issue like looking through moving water. Brief. Asks Gone now? ANS-this may be a sign of blood flow issues in your eye and or warning sign of coming stroke. See your Dr. ASAP for evaluation. Need careful eye exam. ...Read more

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I believe I am having peripheral vision loss in my left eye. Should I see an opthamalogist or an optometrist.?

I believe I am having peripheral vision loss in my left eye. Should I see an opthamalogist or an optometrist.?

Ophthalmologist: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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Left eye peripheral vision gets yellow moving spot along with peripheral vision black out. Docs says retina is OK. Mild pain in eye as well. Help!!

Left eye peripheral vision gets yellow moving spot along with peripheral vision black out. Docs says retina is OK. Mild pain in eye as well. Help!!

Probably migraine: Your peripheral moving yellow fringe spots with adjacent darkened areas w/ mild ocular discomfort sound migrainous in nature. Your retina doctor reviewed your eye & indicated your retina was fine & not the source of the disturbance which is reassuring. Yours symptoms are likely triggered by stressors. Speak to your family doctor for advice on how to manage these symptoms. ...Read more

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Concussion year ago vision blurry since left eye worse optomologist say ocular ok but went 20/15 to 20/30 in 1 year? Peripheral test inconconsistant?

Concussion year ago vision blurry since left eye worse optomologist say ocular ok but went 20/15 to 20/30 in 1 year? Peripheral test inconconsistant?

Concerning: If your vision is worsening you need to see a retinal specialist as soon as possible. Concussion can be accompanied by damage leading to subtle progressive detachment of the retina. ...Read more

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My retna is damaged can it be fixed lost perefereal vision in left eye at 17 I am now 53 and eyesight is blurry in left eye

My retna is damaged can it be fixed lost perefereal vision in left eye at 17 I am now 53 and eyesight is blurry in left eye

Get checked: Although there is little chance that the old damage could be repaired even with current technology, it is important to make sure that there is nothing else wrong. A new problem such as a redetachment or even glaucoma can lead to further loss of vision. So, please see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Sudden loss of peripheral vision in left eye followed by headache.?

Migraine is likely: If this was short term, it is probably an occipital migraine. If longer lasting it might be a stroke. You should seek your ophthalmologist the first time this happens to rule out something serious. ...Read more

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Was walking when suddenly peripheral vision in left eye went white and patchy like little spots. Went away after 20 minutes and got a bad headache?

Was walking when suddenly peripheral vision in left eye went white and patchy like little spots. Went away after 20 minutes and got a bad headache?

Retinal Migraine: Retinal migraine (also known as ophthalmic migraine, visual migraine and ocular migraine) is a retinal disease often accompanied by migraine headache and typically affects only one eye. It is caused by an infarct or vascular spasm (spasm of the blood vessel) in or behind the affected eye.
I would suggest a clinical evaluation along with a comprehensive dilated eye exam by an Ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Yesterday I experienced sudden temporary loss of peripheral vision in my left eye. Which lasted under 1 minute - no headache followed. Any thoughts?

Yesterday I experienced sudden temporary loss of peripheral vision in my left eye. Which lasted under 1 minute - no headache followed. Any thoughts?

Merits evaluation: Although migraine can cause a transient visual symptom, amaurosis fugax can occur as a result of an embolism of plaque from the carotid artery on the same side as the affected eye; and there are other possible causes of the symptom. A visit to an ophthalmologist would be a good first step. ...Read more

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I have very light 'constant' flickering (not flashes) in peripheral vision of both eyes (more in left) in dark since a week? Lattice review in 3 days.

See ophthalmologist: Flickers can be as simple as migraines or blood pressure changes, but can also be something like a retinal tear or hole which can quickly become an emergency. I highly suggest seeing an ophthalmologist for this as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Glaucoma rt. Eye. Humphrey field test full within normal limits. DMV peripheral vision test 50 deg left & 70 deg right. Dr says DMV test wrong. Possible?

Glaucoma rt. Eye. Humphrey field test full within normal limits. DMV peripheral vision test 50 deg left & 70 deg right. Dr says DMV test wrong. Possible?

Depends: Most Humphrey testing is 30-50 degrees from the center simply because ones that measure farther out take too long a time and most glaucoma changes start in the center. The DMV tests check a couple of horizontal points about 60 degrees and 130 degrees out. So it depends upon which testing you went through. Hopefully, with a glaucoma diagnosis, you are seeing a real doctor - an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Sudden black & white zigzag pattern in my left eye. Can't see with side vision. Happens from light glares at time. No other symptoms. Lasts about 1hr?

Sudden black & white zigzag pattern in my left eye. Can't see with side vision. Happens from light glares at time. No other symptoms. Lasts about 1hr?

Occipital migraine: This is due to vascular changes in the occipital lobe of the brain, the part of the brain that makes the images we call vision. The classic pattern is a zig zag one which sometimes shimmers in an arc with a greyout in the middle. These can be annoying but are not dangerous and do not cause long term damage. ...Read more

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I have had a TIA. Now my peripheral vision on my right side, in both eyes, is gone. Might it come back to normal?

I have had a TIA. Now my peripheral vision on my right side, in both eyes, is gone. Might it come back to normal?

See your eye doctor: For best answers & further work up. Depends on where the clots were traveling during your TIA. If they went into the optic nerve, it can affect your vision & the eye doctor can do extra tests to check how the health of your optic nerve is right now & give you better answers to your specific situation & alleviate ur fears. Usually TIA is better than having an actual stroke, but needs to be assessed. ...Read more

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When open eyes after shut for some time, peripheral vision flickers for few secs if surroundings are mix of light&dark;10yr now. Oph exam fine. Brain?

Not brain: If the changes only last a few seconds, it is the vitreous gel in your eye as the cause
brain vision center can cause peripheral lights to appear, but they last 15-30 minutes ...Read more

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Cause of white flashes in peripheral vision in just one eye? They aren't happening anymore, but did earlier today. I don't get migraines. Had no pain.

Flashing: Seeing Flashing lights: due to either traction of the vitreous gel in the eye on the retina (which is an extension of the brain & makes the brain sense flashes); if you have new floaters or "see" a curtain coming over your vision, see eyeMD asap. Ophthalmic migraines are visual symptoms (like seeing flashing lights) without a headache. See your eyeMD to be sure it is not a new retinal hole/tear. ...Read more

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I've had a flash in peripheral vision right eye for about 4 months, every day 1-3 times/day. Eye dr said he doesn't see anything. What else could it be?

I've had a flash in peripheral vision right eye for about 4 months, every day 1-3 times/day. Eye dr said he doesn't see anything. What else could it be?

Flash of light: Seizure? Cholesterol emboli that moves on? blood clot from heart or artery in next that is small and moves on. Any Hx of trauma to eye? If persists go back to Eye Dr. Let us know what they find. ...Read more

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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more