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Psychophysical Visual Disturbances
Many things: These are vague symptoms attributable to almost anything underlying. Thus I would recommend seeking medical advice with an eye md for further evaluation and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more
Vision interuption: A visual disturbance is simply anything that affects quality and/or quantity of sight. It can be from the eye, brain, etc or a signal of some internal disease process. ...Read more
See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Vague complaint: "visual disturbances" is a vague ; generalized complaint ; can be caused by so many things you could publish a book about them. I would see your eyecare doctor to take a more thorough history ; have complete exam to try to narrow the cause list. Rx is based on the etiology of the symptoms. ...Read more
Migraine?: Possibly, complicated migraine. Is the vision blocked by loss on one side, are there shimmering lights, or bright spots? Is the headache unilateral? But at age 45, also consider a blood vessel issue, such as carotid stenosis, or transient ischemic problems in blood flow to brain. Talk to your doctor about some simple screening tests. ...Read more
Anxiety: Most common is blurred vision or eye strain. ...Read more
How does dr. Determine fibromyalgia? I have strange pains constantly. Can fibromyalgia cause visual disturbances?
Exclusion: Fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion. After all other conditions causing that spectrum of symptoms are eliminated, fibromyalgia is what is left. Diagnoses are made using testing that is 'above' standard thresholds. Things below those thresholds, but which cause legitimate symptoms are what is left. Fibromyalgia does not affect the eyes although sufferers do have ey problems. ...Read more
Yes bet. . .: Opticians are skilled craftsman that construct eyeglasses and deal with the mechanics of lenses. They are not medical doctors. However they have seen many eye patients and might have some thoughts on a visual disturbance. They cannot actually diagnosis and certainly cannot treat these condtions. Only an ophthalmologist is the best to do this. ...Read more
Not hallucinations: Anxiety, when severe enough as in a panic attack, can cause "tunnel vision" where all you see is that which is in front of you. This is due to the effects of adrenaline. Sometimes on can feel that they are out of their body or the situation is not real. Anxiety does not cause auditory hallucinations (hearing voices talking) or visual hallucinations (seeing figures others don't see). ...Read more
Aura: The aura typically precedes the headache. The term "migraine" is often misunderstood and misused by non-medical people. The visual disturbance is also part of the a "migraine" - not just the headache. Also you can have a visual disturbance without any headache at all. This is also a migraine. ...Read more
Not exactly: Hallucinations or visual disturbances aren't symptoms of dementia, per se. However, patients with dementia may experience hallucinations or delusions if a delirium or other cause of these symptoms is superimposed on the dementia. Delirium develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and tends to fluctuate throughout the day. Patients with delirium often respond well to treatment. ...Read more
Need more info: What type of visual disturbance are you having? ...Read more
VARIES: The visual aura precedes the headache phase, and triptans could stop the event depending on an injection of Imitrex or usage of a nasal spray or pill from 10-45 minutes. Many choices include maxalt, zomig, frova, amerge, treximet, relpax (eletriptan). Maybe prevent headaches with topirimate, or depakote, or even otc like butterbur, feverfew, riboflavin, magnesium, co-q-10. ...Read more
I've been having visual disturbances for about 6 months. I see pink vibrant circles. Even when I close my eyes I still see things. What is this?
I have been diagnosed with migraines with aura. Is there anything to get rid of my visual disturbances?
Prevention: Many medications can prevent the headaches. The visual aura may respond to hyperventilation into a paper or plastic bag for about 3-5 minutes. Unfortunately, as the aura departs, the headache may be nasty. Another approach is to breath 100 % oxygen for about 5 minutes using a mask. ...Read more
Possible: You can have visual disturbance but double vision is unlikely. ...Read more
Can low progesterone levels cause visual disturbances -lines and spots in vision and also hypoglycemia?
Can visual disturbances, like things moving that are inanimate, be another symptom of MS that my gp is trying to diagnose? I haven't mentioned it yet
Advice: If there is any question of MS, see a neurologist, as this is not the domain of a primary care physician. The perception of moving objects may represent a problem within the vestibular system, but could also be a sign of PALINOPSIA, due to a focal brain lesion. Ask for a referral to a neurologist. ...Read more
Many things: Check to see if it is the left half of the field of both eyes - in which case it could be migraine. Otherwise it could be a problem on the left such as retinal detachment, optic neuropathy, diabetes, cataract, glaucoma. If persistent you should be your ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more
Very low: Depends on what you mean by visual disturbances! I rarely get complaints of "visual disturbances" after cataract surgery. Most patients are very happy with their new and improved vision. There can be more glare and light sensitivity compared to the natural lens in a small set of people, but this is usually insignificant. ...Read more
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