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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes scintillating scotomas?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes scintillating scotomas?

Ocular Migraine: Scintillating schotomas are part of the ocular migraine symptoms- a typical ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine. Patients can have spasm of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms without headache. This is what is thought to cause the flashes. If it persists or interferes with her daily activities she should go to her primary care doctor for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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When you have scotoma develop in one eye only and the patient has a pituitary adenoma, takes plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) and has ischemic microvascular disease, can you tell which one most likely caused the scotoma?

When you have scotoma develop in one eye only and the patient has a pituitary adenoma, takes plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) and has ischemic microvascular disease, can you tell which one most likely caused the scotoma?

Depends on VF defect: Plaquinil and ischmic optic nerve disease may produce similar visual field defects, however, examination should be able to differentiate the two. Pituitary field defects are quite different. A differentiation should be able to be ascertained. ...Read more

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What are causes of central scotoma?

What are causes of central scotoma?

Multiple: Multiple sclerosis, hypertension, methyl alcohol, various nutritional deficiencies, more rarely trauma, vascular insults such as strokes affecting the optic nerve and even trauma can do this. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the cause of central scotoma?

Please help! what is the cause of central scotoma?

Blind spot: Scotoma is our big word for blind spot. Central scotoma would mean that something is causing a blind spot in the central vision. Damage to the Retina or nerve or brain problems are the top 3 causes. What did your eye doctor say? ...Read more

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What is the cause of central scotoma? Can this happen to a normal person?

What is the cause of central scotoma? Can this happen to a normal person?

Not enough info: A central scotoma is never normal and needs to be evaluated. There are a bunch of possibilities. ...Read more

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Pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM abut to tectal plate does this mean its causing damage? Is scintillating scotoma a seizure symptom?

Pineal cyst of 0.7x1.0 x1.0 CM abut to tectal plate does this mean its causing damage?  Is scintillating scotoma a seizure symptom?

Probably not: First, pineal cysts are reasonably common and typically don't amount to much. The visual symptoms you describe are quite unlikely to be related to seizure-related. Talk with your neurologist about these findings, but resist the temptation to automatically link the two things. ...Read more

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I have scintillating scotoma. What causes it?

I have scintillating scotoma. What causes it?

Patience: This is a component of ocular migraine, which has its origination in the occipital lobes of the brain. Most are of short duration although the visual diminution in the center can be very disturbing. Ocular (occipital) migraine is benign, causes no permanent changes and clears with no after effects. If very frequent, you could seek the help of a neurologist but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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Can scintillating scotoma a symptom of panic, anxiety or hyperventilation? I read panic causes flashing vision?

Can scintillating scotoma a symptom of panic, anxiety or hyperventilation? I read panic causes flashing vision?

Panic not a cause: Scintillating scotomas are most commonly caused by cortical spreading depression, a pattern of changes in the behavior of nerves in the brain during a migraine. Panic is not on the list of causes on any source i found. The first sentence is from the wikipedia article on scintillating scotomata. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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6 wks ago had first ocul. migraine with scintill. scotoma It lasted for 45 mins but after it went the corner of vision in left eye is reduced causes?

6 wks ago had first ocul. migraine with scintill. scotoma It lasted for 45 mins but after it went the corner of vision in left eye is reduced causes?

If your'e indicating: that you have had a visual loss for the last six weeks then it is really important that this be evaluated promptly by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Having episodes of scintillating scotoma when i panic. Doctor gave me Prozac (fluoxetine) and told me it will go away that anxiety is cause it. Is this correct?

Having episodes of scintillating scotoma when i panic. Doctor gave me Prozac (fluoxetine) and told me it will go away that anxiety is cause it. Is this correct?

Panic Treatment: An opthalmologist will address the scotomas. Regarding panic: cognitive behavior therapy for panic very helpful. Med:talk with your md about slowly increasing ssri dose (1/2 of lowest dose per week) up to highest dose you can tolerate. Anxiety disorders usually need twice the dose(prozac60-120mg)&twice the treatment time(8-12wks) as it does for mood disorders to respond to ssri treatment. ...Read more

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What does nutritional or toxic optice nerve deterioration? I smoke weed,but i have scotomas and i see moving floaters. Does marijuana cause them?

What does nutritional or toxic optice nerve deterioration? I smoke weed,but i have scotomas and i see moving floaters. Does marijuana cause them?

No way, dude!: Marijuana won't cause toxicity to the optic nerve unless it has been laced with something toxic. The floaters are in the vitreous jelly in the back of your eye. They are unrelated. Nutritional optic neuropathy is more common in alcoholics. Make sure you eat normally and take a multivitamin with folic acid and B12.In a state with a legal supply, you don't have to worry about smoking tainted weed. ...Read more

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What could cause sudden onset persistent bilateral para-central scotomas and left eye dominant bilateral nasal corectopia?

What could cause sudden onset persistent bilateral para-central scotomas and left eye dominant bilateral nasal corectopia?

Many possibilities: Bilateral para-central scotomas could be due to brain issue or due to symmetric retinal disease. Corectopia means your pupil is not in the center and is not likely related to the other problem. Hopefully your ophthalmologist is doing the appropriate evaluation and/or referal for these findings. ...Read more

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What is a central scotoma?

Field loss centrally: This is a sort of "hole" in the field of vision involving the receptors in the center of the retina which can be lost from various conditions such as macular degeneration, bleeding, diabetes, laser exposure and other sorts of trauma or disease. ...Read more

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Do you have a scotoma at all times?

Do you have a scotoma at all times?

The Blind Spot: There is one blind spot for each eye. There are not supposed to be any more. If you close one eye, the blind spot will be to the outside (toward your ear) of the open eye. ...Read more

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What is a scintillating scotoma?

Migraine: A scintillating scotoma occurs with some migraines. It is a distortion of the side vision with a shimmering or wavy effect. The vision in the area of the shimmer is impaired. It is typically in both eyes at the same time, although it can be more prominent in one. It can be stationary or move. Scintillating scotoma are alarming but do not cause long-term vision loss. ...Read more

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How do you treat "scintillating scotoma"?

How do you treat "scintillating scotoma"?

Ocular Migraine : Scintillating schotomas are part of the ocular migraine symptoms. It sounds like a typical ophthalmic (also called ocular) migraine. Patients can have spasm of the arteries at supply the eye and get these symptoms without headache. If it persists or interferes with her daily activities she should go to her primary care doctor for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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What can you do about scintillating scotoma?

What can you do about scintillating scotoma?

Patience: This is a component of ocular migraine, which has its origination in the occipital lobes of the brain. Most are of short duration although the visual diminution in the center can be very disturbing. Ocular (occipital) migraine is benign, causes no permanent changes and clears with no after effects. If very frequent, you could seek the help of a neurologist but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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During aura do you have a scotoma at all times?

During aura do you have a scotoma at all times?

Migraine: It is not uncommon for migraine to begin with bright lights or spots before the eyes, followed by shimmering scotomata blocking vision in one or both eyes. On occasion transient loss of vision on the right or left sides can occur for several minutes. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever treated a scintillating scotoma?

Has anyone ever treated a scintillating scotoma?

Classical Migraine: Scintillating scotoma usually represents ocular component of migraine. If it occurs preceding a one-sided headache this is classical migraine. Scint. Scot. Has no treatment but the headache that follows can be prevented by intake of couple of cups of regular coffee or cola drinks. Also see your eye md. ...Read more