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Sudden Loss Of Vision
See an Eye MD: You need to find out why this is happening. It is not normal. Make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more
Optic neuropathy : This is a classic symptom of ischemic optic neuropathy although it usually occurs in the upper visual fields . Other possibilities include retinal detachments , arterial occlusions of the retina, infections, and autoimmune disease of the retinal vascular system. The list is extensive and this just names a few ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: 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
Last night, I had a sudden flicker/loss of vision for a split sec, as if the lights were turned off and on again. Is this bad?
It could be: Neurological evaluation is in orderGet a more detailed answer ›
Seek help: Vision may be lost peripherally from disasters within the eye such as retinal detachment or vascular occlusion; or from strokes in the brain in the occipital lobe or the pituitary region; or from systemic vascular collapse, drug toxicity or poisoning. You need to immediately see an ophthalmologist for this as some of these are extremely urgent and can affect both eyes. ...Read more
I had sudden peripheral vision loss/blurred vision in one eye. Lasted 10 seconds. Panicked and got a bit dizzy. 8 months pregnant. Was this a tia?
Unlikely: Tia's are older folks problems and extraordinarity rare in your age group. More likely you had a type of migraine in which the vision in the right half (or left half) of both eyes went out. The rapid recovery makes this more likely. If it happens again, cover one and then the other eye and see if it is happening in both eyes. Meanwhile prepare for the end of your pregnancy best for the baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What doctor can I go to , to explain my sudden vision loss? My ophtamologist couldn't find anything wrong . I don't know where else to turn
Very concerning: You should go immediately to the emergency department, where they will evaluate and likely order tests to help you. A neurological examination is essential to rule out any serious structural, vascular, or compressive problems. You may just have an atypical migraine event. An ophthalmologist, who doesn't find an ocular cause would be thinking of the above & would usually refer you. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can cause sudden hearing & vision loss, and facial tingling on the same side but not necessarily at the exact same time? It all comes and go.
Need a bit more info: You'd need to provide us more information but if this has happened multiple times in the exact same pattern then, it's doubtful to be a stroke like condition or TIA. If your mental state has not changed at all during these episodes then, not epilepsy either. I think you need to see a neurologist to better understand the symptoms and situations surrounding the onset of these symptoms. ...Read more
Serious!: Sudden vision loss can have many causes, including but not limited to retinal detachment. Until proven otherwise, sudden vision loss is very serious, and should be evaluated urgently. In some cases, usually in older individuals, there is also the risk of also loosing vision in the fellow eye, making this symptom all the more urgent with increasing age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I recently had sudden vision loss with severe ringing in my ears. It felt like I was going to pass out but I didnt. Lasted a few minutes. What happene?
I have had sudden vision loss after what felt like a small shock behind eye, was this a mini stroke?
Vision loss: There are a number of potential problems associated with sudden vision loss and pain. Some involve the optic nerve, others involve the blood flow to the eye and others involve inflammation in the eye. You need to see an ophthalmologist to sort out your problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?
Not typical!: Optic nerve he'd drusens are associated with field loss sometimes, but they are chronic and stable. I am not aware of them being associated with sudden loss. Look for a different cause! depending on the that, it may or may not be reversible (most likely not). ...Read more
What is this? I had sudden vision loss,ringing in the ears, racing heart.i felt like i was going to pass out but I didnt. It lasted a few minutes
Symptoms: It is worth checking out, see a Dr. To get checked out. ...Read more
I always had perfect vision. Sudden vision loss in one eye. Pressure on eye. Glaucoma or optic neuritis?
Many causes: Get to your specialist eye md right away. Acute glaucoma is painful with steamy vision before the blindness, so unlikely in your case. Optic neuritis, retinal vein occlusion, retinal detachment, stroke, migraine headache, vitreous hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhage and other causes can all be serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Silent migraine or tia? 26yr f 8 mos pregnant experienced sudden peripheral vision loss/blurry/double vision in rt eye. Got a little dizzy. Lasted 10 sec.
Check B.P NOW!: Have your OB md check your blood pressure to make sure that it is not elevated and causing brain swelling(edema). A 2nd cause is pituitary swelling during pregnancy which puts pressure on the optic chiasma(optic nerves crossing) which is just below the pituitary gland in the brain.. Either way notify your OB now! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?
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
It depends. : The word "temporary" could mean seconds or days. Brief loss of vision could be related to common problems like low blood pressure or migraines. Longer periods of vision loss are often due to more serious problems. In any case, an ophthalmologist and/or neurologist should be involved. ...Read more
No one best answer: Temporary loss my be innocuous. Blurred vision from dryness, wrong glasses, medication side effects are temporary but so are many other more serious conditions that may lead to sudden and maybe permanent loss. Mini strokes to the eye or brain, intermittent glaucoma attacks, optic neuritis, small hemorrhages in the eye (diabetics) to name a few. See your eye md asap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pathway: Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system involvement (e.g. hemispheric stroke). ...Read more
Depends: It depends on various factors, such as the age of the patient, and other symptoms. If it's a painful loss of vision, it could mean one thing, or it could be common in old age. It can also commonly occur in a migraine. You should probably get evaluated by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more
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