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Doctor insights on: Psychophysical Visual Disturbances

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Visual Disturbances (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What can cause strange sensations and visual disturbances?

What can cause strange sensations and 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

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What is the definition or description of: visual disturbances?

What is the definition or description of: visual disturbances?

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

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I'm having visual disturbances, where should I go to seek help?

I'm having visual disturbances, where should I go to seek help?

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

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What could be the cause of the visual disturbances, and what should she do about them?

What could be the cause of the visual disturbances, and what should she do about them?

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

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Can visual disturbances be a result of stress?

Can visual disturbances be a result of stress?

It depends: On what the problem is and your lifestyle. For any visual disturbance, though, you need to first have an ophthalmologist evaluate you. ...Read more

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Visual disturbances, headache, what is going on?

Visual disturbances, headache, what is going on?

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

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Can severe astigmatism cause visual disturbances?

Can severe astigmatism cause visual disturbances?

Yes: Yes. Severe astigmatism is often at least partially irregular which would cause significant visual distortion. ...Read more

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What kind of visual disturbances do you get from anxiety?

What kind of visual disturbances do you get from anxiety?

Not sure: Hi. Anxiety is a very powerful thing, but I'm not sure what you mean. What do you mean by visual disturbances? Can you give an example? Thanks. ...Read more

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What kind of visual disturbances could be caused by anxiety?

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What kind of visual disturbances could be caused by anxiety?

Anxiety: Most common is blurred vision or eye strain. ...Read more

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How does dr. Determine fibromyalgia? I have strange pains constantly. Can fibromyalgia cause visual disturbances?

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

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Can optician give advice on visual disturbances?

Can optician give advice on visual disturbances?

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

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Couldstress cause visual disturbances such as diplopia?

Couldstress cause visual disturbances such as diplopia?

No: Stress could perhaps cause difficulty with focus and might even be associated with blurred vision, but true double vision would be caused by structural or metabolic problems associated with a multitude of causes. ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause visual disturbances like hallucinations?

Does anxiety cause visual disturbances like hallucinations?

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

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Please help! What is the medical name for visual disturbances during a migraine?

Please help! What is the medical name for visual disturbances during a migraine?

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

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What causes visual disturbances where everything seems to be moving back and forth rapidly?

What causes visual disturbances where everything seems to be moving back and forth rapidly?

Oscillopsia: This condition known as oscillopsia occurs when the eyes are moving rapidly back and forth (nystagmus). It is generally caused by a problem in the inner ear or lower part of the brain (cerebellum and brain stem). ...Read more

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Can dementia cause hallucinations or visual disturbances?

Can dementia cause hallucinations or visual disturbances?

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

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What are some effective treatments for migraines and visual disturbances?

What are some effective treatments for migraines and visual disturbances?

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

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I have been diagnosed with migraines with aura. Is there anything to get rid of my visual disturbances?

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

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Could the wrong prescription of glasses cause visual disturbances & double vision?

Could the wrong prescription of glasses cause visual disturbances & double vision?

Possibly: It depends upon how off the prescription is. Moderate difference from the true power can be compensated well by most eyes. Only if the prescription is way off can you experience blur and doubling of vision. ...Read more

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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

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

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What can cause a visual disturbances only in my left eye?

What can cause a visual disturbances only in my left eye?

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

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What is the probability of seeing visual disturbances after cataract surgery?

What is the probability of seeing visual disturbances after cataract surgery?

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