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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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


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Started seeing colored spots in vision constantly after the start of my anxiety and panic over a year ago? Have had many test that are all normal.

Started seeing colored spots in vision constantly after the start of my anxiety and panic over a year ago? Have had many test that are all normal.

Not caused by panic: Your visual changes are most likely not related to your panic attack last year. You say all tests are normal, did you see an ophthalmologist and what tests were done. If this is so persistent maybe some additional tests are indicated. Any new medicines? History of migraines? ...Read more

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Have had multiple test and multiple dr. Tell me my anxiety is what is causing me to see colored spots in vision daily. Could you explain how?

Have had multiple test and multiple dr. Tell me my anxiety is what is causing me to see colored spots in vision daily. Could you explain how?

Need primary doc: You'll need to find a primary care doctor, that you can trust, and can help interpret multiple consults, treatment recommendations, and diagnoses. They can help you decide on your care. ...Read more

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Can Depakote sprinkles cause colored spots in vision constantly? Have been taking Depakote 15 years but only been seeing spots for 1 year.

Can Depakote sprinkles cause colored spots in vision constantly? Have been taking Depakote 15 years but only been seeing spots for 1 year.

Floaters: Any time you have new spots, or floaters, in your vision you need to have retinal evaluation by an Ophthalmologist. They could indicate a retinal tear or detachment. There are other harmless causes, but please seek evaluation ASAP. If its been a year your risk is low, but you still need an exam. ...Read more

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Can anxiety or stress cause visual disturbances? I have been seeing red and green spots in vision. I also notice small things in the air like dust.

Can anxiety or stress cause visual disturbances? I have been seeing red and green spots in vision. I also notice small things in the air like dust.

Depakote, Anxiety: I understand your concern.
Thank you for informing about Anxiety disorder, and using Depakote.
It is likely that your anxiety and visual disturbances are due to Depakote.
Depakote is not a medication for Anxiety.
Anxiety can cause visual disturbances.
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, need for Depakote; discuss decreasing and then discontinuing Depakote; using Ativan (lorazepam) or Xanax; Therapy for stress ...Read more

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Seeing colored spots in vision constantly that tend to worsen during menstrual cycle? Doctors seem to think anxiety is causing it?

Seeing colored spots in vision constantly that tend to worsen during menstrual cycle? Doctors seem to think anxiety is causing it?

Need evaluation.: If you have had a thorough eye examination, including a retinal evaluation, that was normal, it's likely nothing to worry about. If you haven't had a retinal exam, please do. ...Read more

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Constant muscle pain stiffness and spasms all over, seeing colored spots in vision constantly, constantly tired and very emotional?

Constant muscle pain stiffness and spasms all over, seeing colored spots in vision constantly, constantly tired and very emotional?

Fibromyalgia?: FM is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body. To be included in the diagnosis of FM, this pain should be located in at least three out of four quadrants of the body or along the entire spine for a minimum of three months. Rec.: see your PCP, if diagnosed, use East-West integrative medicine. ...Read more

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Not sure if just floaters. Been seeing small black spots in vision. Occur 1 at a time for only a second. Opthamologist says eyes look fine. Vascular?

Not sure if just floaters. Been seeing small black spots in vision. Occur 1 at a time for only a second. Opthamologist says eyes look fine. Vascular?

Neurologist?: Sometimes people get the floaters but no headaches that are often associated with certain types of migraines. A neurologist may have to evaluate if your problem continues. ...Read more

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Seeing colored spots in vision on and off daily have had EEG MRI blood work and eye exam all normal. Could this be physiological? I do have anx, ocd.

Seeing colored spots in vision on and off daily have had EEG MRI blood work and eye exam all normal. Could this be physiological? I do have anx, ocd.

Don, t worry: You have adequate tests to rule out diseases. Many people have this, and after normal tests no
diseases show up long term. Relax and Don, t label yourself. Seeking reassurance Is O.K. and behavior modification therapy is the way to go. ...Read more

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See colored spots in vision daily, pulsating vision and after images tend to last longer, feeling anxious? Have had neurological testing, eye exam.

See colored spots in vision daily, pulsating vision and after images tend to last longer, feeling anxious? Have had neurological testing, eye exam.

Migraines?: If u have been cleared by the eye doctor and the neurologist than most likely the r ocular migraines. Usually occur in individuals with history of migraines. Make sure the neurologist and eye doctor completely clears u first.
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What is the definition or description of: Spots in vision?

What is the definition or description of: Spots in vision?

Spots in vision: Spots in vision may be floaters. They are noted in visual field but do not block vision. ...Read more

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I have little black spots in vision?

I have little black spots in vision?

Need exam: The onset of new objects floating in you field of vision may indicate a retinal tear or detachment has taken place. Both of these conditions are sight threatening eye emergencies. You need an urgent comprehensive ophthalmologic examination. ...Read more

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Bent down to get something and stood up really fast. Got black spots in vision. Why is this?

Bent down to get something and stood up really fast. Got black spots in vision. Why is this?

Low BP: When you stand up too quickly, the blood rushes from your brain causing dizziness and blurred vision. Try to do this a little slower. ...Read more

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Spots in vision (similar to ones you get after looking at sun); extreme headache later (no headache & vision at same time though)?

Ophthalmic Migraine: Spots in vision can be due to: blood flow issues in brain/migraine; vitreous (gel in eye) floaters; dry tear film (improves though with blinking); See eyeMD to be sure all parts of eye are ok & symptoms are likely due to ophthalmic migraine: see migraine diet sheet on eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com. Best of luck. ...Read more

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When I do moderate exercise I get lots of white lines and spots in vision. Occurs other times too but definitely worse with exercise. Causes?

When I do moderate exercise I get lots of white lines and spots in vision. Occurs other times too but definitely worse with exercise. Causes?

Possible cause: The symptoms you describe could be consistent with high blood pressure, and more specifically, high intracranial pressure as a manifestation of high blood pressure. Exercise can exacerbate the symptoms. Worth going in for a check up. With history of prediabetes, blood sugar fluctuations are also possible. ...Read more

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What would cause me to get black spots in vision and like gnats?

Floaters: Could be caused by cellular debris floating in the vitreous gel of the eye. A dilated eye exam called indirect ophthalmoscopy should be performed by your ophthalmologist to make sure that there is not a treatable condition. ...Read more

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Can someone with blind spots in vision still receive a driver's license?

Can someone with blind spots in vision still receive a driver's license?

Yes: In most states, you can legally obtain a driver's license if you have one eye that sees 20/40 or better. ...Read more

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Colored spots in vision daily. Have been told by 3 specialist that it's caused by anxiety. I am very anxious Could you explain how anxiety causes it?

Colored spots in vision daily. Have been told by 3 specialist that it's caused by anxiety. I am very anxious Could you explain how anxiety causes it?

Anxiety causes probs: Anxiety/depression & all of its mental cousins have the uncanny ability to cause every type of subjective complaint of pain (and its cousins) imaginable. The actual "WHY/HOW" is not nearly as important as discovering and addressing the root cause of the problem. My previous response advised keeping a log of your events and seeking out a headache specialist. You may find answers with them. GL! ...Read more

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What causes colored spots in vision daily that's worse when I'm anxious. And pulsating vision when coughing?

What causes colored spots in vision daily that's worse when I'm anxious. And pulsating vision when coughing?

Couple possibilities: Increased intracranial pressure, either due to pseudotumor cerebri, systemic hypertension, with Valsalva exacerbations. Sounds like you may have scotoma, or - very unlikely - localized occipital cortex kindling. Are you on depakote for seizures or vascular migraine prophylaxis? Are you on HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) for high blood pressure or PTC? Consider stopping Ovcon - associated with bad cerebrovascular events. ...Read more

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Spots in vision from tooth abscess?

Spots in vision from tooth abscess?

Not typical: An abcessed tooth will not typically effect your vision. There is something else going on here. Did you have trauma? Was this spontaneous? See an opthomologist for an evaluation asap. ...Read more

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Colored spots in vision grainy vision body pain and muscle spasms but they never happen at the same time. All worsens with stress.

Colored spots in vision grainy vision body pain and muscle spasms but they never happen at the same time. All worsens with stress.

Check up: Even though stress may be the culprit, I recommend an evaluation by your Physician to check for deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, vit b12, vit D, among other things. Another words, a thorough history, physical exam and complete blood work as your symptoms listed above are nondiagnostic. Stress management therapy may ultimately be prescribed. ...Read more

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Sort of getting blind spots in vision, hot flashes, headache, ringing in ears?

Sort of getting blind spots in vision, hot flashes, headache, ringing in ears?

See your doctor: Those are symptoms that together raise a red flag that you need to be evaluated. Could be as simple as stress, dehydration, med reaction but could also be symptoms of migraine, perimenopausal hormone fluctuations or other more concerning issues. You need to be seen. ...Read more

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Colored spots in vision daily lasting only seconds at a time? Also have increased anxiety. Had all clear by ophthalmologist, neurologist, pcp.

Colored spots in vision daily lasting only seconds at a time? Also have increased anxiety. Had all clear by ophthalmologist, neurologist, pcp.

Keep track of events: You've had 3 doctors including specialists look at this problem. You've had sophisticated tests (even invasive) done. I would ask whether or not the neurologist is a headache specialist. If they are then, perhaps your symptoms are less likely neurological. If not then, if your events continue or progress it may be reasonable to ask your PCP for a referral to a headache specialist. ...Read more

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Many symp. In last year. Low sex drive, migraines, spots in vision, frequent urination, low rolling moods. Vision tested good, t levels fine. Ideas?

Many symp. In last year. Low sex drive, migraines, spots in vision, frequent urination, low rolling moods. Vision tested good, t levels fine. Ideas?

Freq urination: You have many symptoms that have several possibilities of different illnesses. See your doctor to rule out things like diabetes, or urinary tract infection etc. ...Read more

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Dizziness, light headed, black spots in vision, blacking out, and leg weakness. Any ideas on what could be wrong with me?

Dizziness, light headed, black spots in vision, blacking out, and leg weakness. Any ideas on what could be wrong with me?

Need for examination: It would require a more detailed history, physical examination and may be some tests to determine the diagnosis. If you have been having excessive menstrual bleeding, anemia from the blood loss could explain these symptoms. It would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes colored spots in vision while being anxious? Have had eye exam and neurological exam EEG and mri. Could it be something psychological?

What causes colored spots in vision while being anxious? Have had eye exam and neurological exam EEG and mri. Could it be something psychological?

Spotty vision? Cause: Bc u note u've had nl eye, neuro exams & nl EEG & MRI -- AND that these colored spots arise when you're feeling anxious -- it seems reasonable to consider anx as a cause. Psychiatric illnesses are diagnoses of exclusion -- meaning you and your doc should rule out all medical causes 1st to be safe. There is robust literature to support various visual changes that occur in mood & anxiety disorders ...Read more

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Colored spots in vision daily that come and go and have had constant visual aura for 15 years. Mri EEG blood work eye exam all normal. What is this?

Colored spots in vision daily that come and go and have had constant visual aura for 15 years. Mri EEG blood work eye exam all normal. What is this?

Retinal exam: Floaters are usually not described as having colors. The description you provide does not suggest a single problem but may be due to pathology of the retina not observed in your exam. Did an ophthalmologist perform your exam? If so, may I suggest that you are having a variant of migraine. Ask your primary care doctor if this is a possibility. ...Read more

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Dizzy, head aches, spots in vision, concentration problems, fatigue, weakness in legs?

See below: Please contact your primary care doctor asap. Sound like you need to be evaluated in person for your symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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Colored spots in vision that come and go daily? Seen neurologist, pcp and had eye exam, Mri EEG blood work all normal. What could be going on?

Colored spots in vision that come and go daily? Seen neurologist, pcp and had eye exam, Mri EEG blood work all normal. What could be going on?

Ocular migraines: Colored spots in your vision with out the headache, with normal neurological exam and normal neurological work up is most likely due to Occular migraines. It is like having a migraine in your eye, without the pain. Fortunately, they are just annoying and do not last long. ...Read more

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Colored spots in vision that's worse when anxious increased floaters and pulsating vision when I cough? Have had EEG MRI CT blood work had eyes exam.

Colored spots in vision that's worse when anxious increased floaters and pulsating vision when I cough? Have had EEG MRI CT blood work had eyes exam.

Visual disturbance: You are likely forcing the doctors to do a multimillion dollar work up for an anxiety disorder since you have no organic pathology on any tests. Please consider consulting a mental health specialist specializing in treatment of depression, anxiety and Somatization disorder. Why are you on depakote? there is no condition listed to explain your meds. ...Read more

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I have red and purple spots around a big bite. Should I see a doctor. I have a picture of it.

I have red and purple spots around a big bite. Should I see a doctor. I have a picture of it.

Bruising.: Besides the wounds from a bite, there is also bruising from the pressure from the chomping of the jaw muscles. Bites can be serious: it depends on "Who, What, and Where! " What kind of animal bit you, Where on your body the bite is located, and the health of the biter and the bitee. Make sure tetanus immunization is up to date, clean thoroughly, flush with water for several minutes and tell us more ...Read more

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I have purple spots on my skin and 101F fever. I also have some headache. Should I see a doc or will paracetamol be enough?

I have purple spots on my skin and 101F fever. I also have some headache. Should I see a doc or will paracetamol be enough?

See a doctor: Fever associated with "purple spots" on the skin and headache could signal a serious, even life threatening problem. Please see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

Spots In Vision (Definition)

Spots in vision may be floaters. They are noted in visual field but ...Read more