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What can I do for recurrent sudden loss of vision?

What can I do for recurrent 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

Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

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


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I got my first migraine when I was 16. It started with sudden loss of vision. Is this normal?

I got my first migraine when I was 16. It started with sudden loss of vision. Is this normal?

Yes: This is very typical of a migraine. The visual aura should only last 20 minutes or so and then is often followed by a headache. Any change in your typical pattern souls be evaluated. ...Read more

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What can cause sudden loss of vision in the lower half of one eye?

What can cause sudden loss of vision in the lower half of one eye?

Decreased blood flow: Your very precise description is consistent with interruption of blood flow in a branch of the retinal artery on one side. This needs attention, as a stroke risk would be present. Unlikely that this represents migraine. See an ophtalmologist asap. ...Read more

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What are the common causes of sudden loss of vision in the lower half of one eye?

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 more

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What would cause sudden loss of vision in the right upper corner of the eye?

What would cause  sudden  loss of vision in the right upper corner of the eye?

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

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Sudden loss of peripheral vision-- please help!?

Sudden loss of peripheral vision-- please help!?

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

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I was wondering what do I do about sudden loss in peripheral vision?

Get an examination: A sudden loss of peripheral vision needs to be examined as soon as possible with an ophthalmologist. There is nothing you can do until you have an answer for the cause. Do this right away. ...Read more

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Sudden loss of peripheral vision in left eye followed by headache.?

Sudden loss of peripheral vision in left eye followed by  headache.?

Migraine is likely: If this was short term, it is probably an occipital migraine. If longer lasting it might be a stroke. You should seek your ophthalmologist the first time this happens to rule out something serious. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Help! i just have sudden vision loss and near fainting?

Help! i just have sudden vision loss and near fainting?

Starting out: There are numerous reasons as to why this can happen to a person. Discuss this with your regular doctor, cardiac testing such as holter monitor (watching your heart for 24-hours) and echocardiograms are a good start for this. ...Read more

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I have sudden vision loss very frequently. Should I be worried?

I have sudden vision loss very frequently. Should I be worried?

Maybe: I am suspicious that this may be migraine related. Go to an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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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.

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

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Sudden vision loss, could it be possible retinal detachment?

Sudden vision loss, could it be possible retinal detachment?

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 more

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Sudden vision loss in one eye after getting hit in it. What is prognosis?

Sudden vision loss in one eye after getting hit in it. What is prognosis?

Variable: This depends largely on the location and severity of the damage in the eye. If you have any vision loss at all you should see an eye doctor immediately. Waiting almost always damages prognosis. ...Read more

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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 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?

This is: Called orthostatic hypotension. It means that your blood pressure to your brain suddenly drops due to gravity when you stand up. Discuss this with you primary care physician. ...Read more

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Sudden vision loss in one eye. Who do I call?

Sudden vision loss in one eye. Who do I call?

ER: I highly recommend you go to an emergency room for evaluation. ...Read more

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Help! i just have sudden vision loss in left eye?

Help! i just have sudden vision loss in left eye?

Many causes: Too many possibilities. You need to go to your eye doctor or the er immediately. ...Read more

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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 more

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Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?

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

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I always had perfect vision. Sudden vision loss in one eye. Pressure on eye. Glaucoma or optic neuritis?

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 more

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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.

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 more

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Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?

Disc Drusen: I am not aware of any association between optic nerve drusen and sudden unilateral vision loss from a vascular event. A vascular event should be evaluated and treated the same as if the disc drusen were not there. ...Read more

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Yesterday I experienced sudden temporary loss of peripheral vision in my left eye. Which lasted under 1 minute - no headache followed. Any thoughts?

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

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What causes temporary loss of vision?

What causes temporary loss of vision?

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

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What are the common causes of temporary loss of vision?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: Loss of vision?

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

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What is the leading reason for loss of vision?

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 more

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Has anyone experienced loss of vision on adipex?

Has anyone experienced loss of vision on adipex?

Check BP: Vision loss is not listed as a side effect but elevated blood pressure is. Vision changes can be a symptom of hypertension. ...Read more

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What causes dizziness and temporary loss of vision?

What causes dizziness and temporary loss of vision?

More than one thing: This could be neurologic, cat this could be migraine it needs evaluation. You want to prevent temporary to become more lasting. ...Read more

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Is it okay to experience loss of vision while taking adipex?

Is it okay to experience loss of vision while taking adipex?

No: Adipex, or Phentermine has a number of very serious side effects, and loss of vision could mean that you have previously undiagnosed glaucoma, or some other condition made worse by the medication. Stop the medication and see your ophthalmologist right away. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the leading cause of loss of vision?

Depends on what : Part of the world you in talking about? In the us cataracts are number one in vision loss but can be treated, macular degeneration , glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are top causes of vision loss. ...Read more

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Loss of vision during migraine. Is this common?

Yes: It is very common to have visual symptoms with a classic migraine. Even loss! as long as it returns to normal then it is most likely just the migraine. ...Read more

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Quick loss of vision and headache. What could be the reason?

Quick loss of vision and headache. What could be the reason?

Lots of reasons: Could be acute glaucoma or a retina problem. You must see an eye doctor right away. You're in philly, so you can go to the wills eye er (my alma mater) 24/7. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

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


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