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temporary blind spots in vision

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  • Posted By: triplec223
  • January 30, 2008
  • 01:57 PM

I have been experiencing a strange sensation with my vision over the past 7-8 months. Occassionally, I will get these temporary blind spots on one side of my vision, much like when you stare at the sun and then look away. This lasts for about an hour and is pretty intense, but fades away on its own. It seems to come on pretty randomly, and it's not like I have to look at a light bulb for it to happen.

The last two times that it has happened was shortly after a fairly intense workout. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it or if it is just coincedence. I would say it has happened 4-5 times within the past 8 months, and I had never experienced anything like this before this year.

Has anyone ever had anything like this? I have been reading about the symptoms of detached retinas and it seems like this is one of the symptoms. I'm not rushing to conclusions, but I've already scheduled a doctor's appointment to have it checked out. That will not be until late February though, so I'm just trying not to sweat it until then.

Any ideas? Thanks for the help.

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  • Hi, I had something kind of similar happen to my eyes today. I was taking a test and my vision started acting really weird. I had trouble reading the words on the page. It was like I could only see a few words at a time and my peripheral vision had faded. I have been overweight for the last 8 years and I am wondering if that has anything to do with it because I have a few other things going on with me too. It really scared me. I, too, would like to know if anyone can tell me what's going on with me. I might end up going to my doctor and have them check me.
    kimberly0966 2 Replies
    • February 8, 2008
    • 08:34 PM
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  • Have you had your blood pressure checked lately? High BP or anxiety can cause this as I understand. I had similar problems during a lengthy ordeal with PSVT (a supposedly benign heart rhythm disorder). If I looked at anything red in colour it would be burned into my eye for a minute or two, like looking at a bright light too long.
    Scotticus 20 Replies
    • February 8, 2008
    • 09:17 PM
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  • Hello.I have been having the same exact symptoms as original poster.Blind spots in the left eye usually come for around 10-15 minutes and then disappear.I see that two of you said you'll go see a doc about it.I'm just curious, what were the results?Anything to be worried about?
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  • Yes, I have been to see a doctor. He thought it sounded like a migraine, although I didn't have a headache at the time but did have one later but not really bad. He didn't think my blood pressure had anything to do with it although it was a little high. A few weeks after that I went to the emergency room because I had a horrible headache and just didn't feel right. My blood pressure was really high. I asked the nurse about seeing spots and she said it sounded like a "silent migraine" to her. Seems like noone thought my blood pressure had anything to do with it. I havn't had anymore problems with my eyes since that last posting. Have you had your eyes checked lately or do you get migraines? Has anything different been going on in your life? Stress can also do funny things to you. I hope this helped you to try and figure out what is going on with you. If it doesn't clear up I would definitely go and see a doctor.
    kimberly0966 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • No, I don't get migraines.I do drink a lot of coffee, although, it really has no affect on me (i.e. I don't get more alert from it or awake, I just like coffee). No health issues either whatsoever. I do only sleep about 6 hrs a day right now since I have a toddler and a newborn at home, but that's the only difference, I guess. I haven't had another occurrence of this either.Thanks for your help, though.
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  • hey, i had the excact same problem. first occasion i came home one night and the top of my periferal vision in my right eye had a blind, shimmering, cross hatched on it for 5 mins which eventually faded, second time the light of the lamp embedded a blind spot in my eye for 5 mins and faded, this was moths ago, it hasnt happened since. my doc recommended i get a blood pressure check which i havent done yet, i also have floaters and occasional-infrequent-tiny blind spots also, it seems the whole eye thing is a hard one to assess....
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  • hi there. i'm having the same problem, only my spot won't go away. I thought it was a smudge on my glasses so I tried cleaning the smudge and well, it's still in my vision in my right eye. And I too explained it as when you stare at the sun or something bright and then look away. I have a pre-existing condition of Diabetes and have retinopathy in both eyes so i'm a little worse for the wear and my Diabetes plays a bigger part in my vision problems then anything; however, my doctor says I have a "cotton-wool spot" on my optic nerve and he thinks that's whats causing said "smudge" and he thinks it"s due to uncontrolled high blood pressure. Now I just got this news yesterday and have an appointment to get my blood pressure checked so maybe there is some truth behind BP having something to do with the blind spots...whether you have a "cotton-wool spot" like me or not. Good luck with your quest and I hope your spots stay gone!
    smeared4life 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I recently had a blindspot that lasted a couple of hours. I then got a mild headache right after. The next morning I went to see an opthomologist. He found nothing wrong with my eye but when I explained what happened to me he said it could be many things like high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Well I had none of those things. He then said it could be a couple of other things. It could have been my body trying to have a small stroke (that worried me) or my blood was not getting to my part of the brain that processes my eyesight. Since I am pretty healthy in most respects but have high cholesterol, our conclusion was I need to be on a simple blood thinner (small asprin daily). The doctor also suggested I actually take the high cholesterol medicine the doctor prescribed for me (I currently am not taking it regularly). He told me the headache after the blindspot was a form of migrane that counteracts the blood not getting to the brain. So that is why I got the headache after.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 24, 2009
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  • Hello. I have read your problem.I have same symptom to my friend. My friend diagnosis to eye specialist Doctor. The doctor have give some medicine. Doctor said to my friend of suggestion than my friend problem completely blank the blind spot in vision........
    mariajones 5 Replies
    • September 11, 2009
    • 00:17 PM
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  • Hello. I have read your problem.I have same symptom to my friend. My friend diagnosis to eye specialist Doctor. The doctor have give some medicine. Doctor said to my friend of suggestion than my friend problem completely blank the blind spot in vision........
    mariajones 5 Replies
    • September 11, 2009
    • 00:18 PM
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  • I have had the same problem on 2 or 3 significant occasions. I am a 22 year old college student who is extremely active and works out about 5 times a week. I will admit that I have my fair share of energy drinks, and also binge drink on the weekends however. The first time this happened to me I was at work (at a bar) when all of a suddent I lost a large patch of my left side-peripheral vision. I started bumping into walls, and people on my left side because I was unable to see where they were. This slowly developed in multiple patches of grey, cloudy, and somewhat sparkley voids in my vision. My boss drove me to urgent care where I was trying to sign the paperwork but could only see portions of the paper's. They couldn't find anything wrong with me and the symptoms went away in no more that an hour. I went to an eye doctor after this and they also said nothing was wrong. About 2 weeks ago I was out with my friends and it happened again. I was looking at my friend and all of a sudden his right eye disappeared. I could only see about half of his face after about 5 min, and once again I had the same grey patches scattered throughout my vision. I had to sit down at the bar for about 25 min before the symptoms finally started to fade. Doctors told me it may have been a migraine, however I did not have a headache during either occurance. These occurances were about 4 months apart from eachother and I have no idea what they are. I do have floaties in my eye on a pretty regular basis, and also constant tinnitus(ringing in my ears), since I was little. I don't know if these have anything to do with it but i would love to know how to prevent this from happening again if at all possible.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 25, 2009
    • 10:57 PM
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  • Good afternoon all. Hopefully this may help. I have had the same symptoms for about 15 years - the blind spots, and "shiny" patches in vision. I also get floaties. I am also trying to figure out the timing of this. I do believe that at least a couple of you have reactive hypoglycemia, which is what I was diagnosed with, but doesn't completely explain the timing sometimes. It's been known to happen when I get out of bed - after eating just like every other night before bed. It is odd too, that it happens more on overcast days. I think that this has to do with the extra strain on your eyes when looking at things in that light - seems like it uses more blood sugar. I also don't eat any refined sugars, and when I do have an issue like this, I either drink some milk, V8, or a juice box (or 2). The problem with this solution is that you are increasing your blood sugar, which in turn will cause your body to release too much insulin. This needs to be countered with some food in your stomach that will last for longer than the simple sugars in juice.Let me know if this helps anyone. Hopefully it does.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 8, 2009
    • 02:41 PM
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  • 2 things can cause these blind spots, one is Macular holes, this is where the macular comes away form the back of the eye, the other can be where the retina comes away from it's origin.The answer is to see a good optician.....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 9, 2009
    • 09:15 AM
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  • Hopefully this is your issue/solution: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/ocular-migraine.htm I had the same symptoms as the first poster. Went to opthamologist next day with perfect vision diagnosis. Then went to emergency room and got CAT scan to check for TIA potential. No issues seen. Have had 2-3 episodes in 3 years. Symptoms perfectly match the attached link. Looks like nothing serious...and nothing to do but let the symptoms pass.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 07:32 PM
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  • Yes, I have been to see a doctor. He thought it sounded like a migraine, although I didn't have a headache at the time but did have one later but not really bad. He didn't think my blood pressure had anything to do with it although it was a little high. A few weeks after that I went to the emergency room because I had a horrible headache and just didn't feel right. My blood pressure was really high. I asked the nurse about seeing spots and she said it sounded like a "silent migraine" to her. Seems like noone thought my blood pressure had anything to do with it. I havn't had anymore problems with my eyes since that last posting. Have you had your eyes checked lately or do you get migraines? Has anything different been going on in your life? Stress can also do funny things to you. I hope this helped you to try and figure out what is going on with you. If it doesn't clear up I would definitely go and see a doctor.Hi Kimberly, I was reading this post because I have been seeing little tiny smudges in my vision of late, but I thought I would comment here: what you described I was diagnosed with as "ocular migraines". I started losing vision without looking at any lights, and then the bright color patches (where I was losing vision) started shaking....all quite disconcerting. By the time I got to see the doctor in the ER, the vision was back entirely and a migraine of pretty high intensity had started. My blood pressure is generally normal, so I presume the doctors to have gotten it right. Most of my migraines do not come with visual symptoms, but it has happened. Hope this helps alay some fear.
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  • I have had the same thing happen to me while i was writing a test. I suddenly had a a blind spot in my right eye , as though i had been staring at a large light or something. I had a headache and nausea come with it, and i was almost sick . I really would like to know what caused this, so if anyone knows or has any other information that would be great. Thank You .
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  • I have had the same thing happen to me while i was writing a test. I suddenly had a a blind spot in my right eye , as though i had been staring at a large light or something. I had a headache and nausea come with it, and i was almost sick . I really would like to know what caused this, so if anyone knows or has any other information that would be great. Thank You .Hey guys, I haven't read all of your posts but from what most of you are saying it looks like you all have what I'm having this very minute. in fact, it's actually somewhat hard to type the two words to verify I'm human since I can barely read the first one.I know it probably wont help those who posted in 2008 XD But maybe it'll help anyone else on here. What I think this is is just a migraine. Emotional and physical stress is a big cause of migraines, and sometimes they can appear without an apparent cause. Now some of you might say "But I don't get migraines" or "But my head doesn't hurt" and to this I say two things: 1) you don't need to "get migraines" in order to get a migraine, they can usually occur at anytime to anyone; 2) migraines without the associated pain are actually mroe common than you might think, what's called the aura of a migraine is what causes the symptoms such as blind spots and nausea, among a vast number of other symptoms, and migraine aura without headache can occur to cause what most of you are describing here.I am not a doctor! I'm a Medical Sciences student and I wrote an essay on migraines for my Pharmacology course, mainly chosen because my girlfriend has a history of migraines with aura, sometimes with a headache and sometimes without. As such, however, none of the above information is 100% accurate, it may be that I misinterpreted your symptoms or that there's simply another cause that I haven't considered.
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  • Spots (often called floaters) are small, semi-transparent or cloudy specks or particles within the vitreous (the clear, jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of your eyes). They appear as specks of various shapes and sizes, threadlike strands or cobwebs. They move as your eyes move and seem to dart away when you try to look at them directly. They can result from deterioration of the vitreous fluid due to aging or from certain eye diseases or injuries. Most spots are not harmful and rarely limit vision. But, spots can be indications of more serious problems, so if you have a sudden or new onset of them it may be advisable to have them checked. I found www.visionexpress.com have a good deal for eye test.
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  • I'm 18 and this morning, around 11:30 a.m. I experienced one of these blind spots, I lost my peripheral vision. Of course, this was frightening, so I called my eye doctor, she ended up not being in the office so I had to deal with this inconvenience for the time being. Right after this blind spot occurred, I experienced the most excruciating headache I've ever had. After taking a couple Advil and a nap, the headache subsided along with the blind spot, but returned around 7:30 p.m. It wasn't until the blind spot was gone did I get the same horrible headache as before, still experiencing it as I type this message at 10:15 p.m., which would be about 3 hours after starting it. It was weird because my first blind spot was on my left eye and the headache to go along with it was on my right eye, while this blind spot was on my right eye, not in my peripheral, but directly in the middle of my site and the headache is on the left eye. I don't know if that has any significance or not, but I when I called the nurse to see if I could get a hold of my doctor I described what had happened to me and she said that it sounded like an optical migraine also. This seems like a pretty "normal" thing, for lack of a better word, so that makes me feel a little better about it, but it's pretty inconvenient.
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  • These spots can really create a problem in vision.It will create a blurred vision.
    josephajain 7 Replies Flag this Response
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