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Post  alli on Sat May 08, 2010 11:10 am

I noticed this morning that I have a blind spot in both eyes. It is irregular in shape and appears in both eyes in the same place. It isn't an aura as it hasn't changed or gone away. I can remember seeing it for a few weeks now but this morning it really hit me that I have a blind spot in BOTH eyes that is not normal!

It seems to me this has to be coming from the brain rather than the eyes since it is appearing in both eyes. It isn't obvious in bright light or distance as that fades it out. I notice it more in low light as it is a black spot against gray. With brighter light it is a faded gray spot and it gets lost in the background but I can see it if I look for it.

I"m freaking out a bit on the inside. Any ideas as to what might be causing this?
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Post  pen on Sat May 08, 2010 11:17 am

I have no idea Alli, I have no experience of anything like this.
I just wanted to say it must be freaky and I hope someone can offer some explanation for you.

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Post  Peter_sky on Sat May 08, 2010 12:24 pm

Hi

Can't be much help but to say I know how it feels to have strange unexplained symptoms, I hope all is well,

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Post  TeriRobert on Sat May 08, 2010 6:35 pm

{{{{{{Allie}}}}}}

That has to be terrifying. Please be sure to check in with your doctor about this. If it continues, I'd suggest a thorough examination by a good ophthalmologist, including the visual fields test. I admit to being ultrasensitive about eye issues. Several years ago, when doing the visual fields test, my optometrist found a small blind spot in my peripheral vision. (Making this as short as possible.) It turned out to be an unusual form of glaucoma called low-tension or low-pressure glaucoma. It doesn't show with the standard glaucoma test because it occurs with "normal" pressures. It is far more common in Migraineurs. In fact, glaucoma specialists tell me that Migraines most likely caused it. If it hadn't been diagnosed early, I'd most likely be blind now. As is it is, I've had eye surgery four times and have lost 50% of my vision.

Please be careful, and please keep us posted?
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Post  Guest on Sat May 08, 2010 8:33 pm

alli,

get to an opthamologist and have this checked out. doesn't sound comfortable.

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Post  tecky on Sat May 08, 2010 9:11 pm

Oh, Allie, keeping you in my prayers. I'm sure this is scary.

I hope you can get to an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. I think Teri's experience is a good caution for us all to be vigilent as well as diligent with care for our eyes and sight. Thanks Teri! flower
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Post  WitsEnd on Sun May 09, 2010 11:46 am

Hi Alli,

I haven't experienced a blind spot as such but somthing kinds similar... I had a "wobble" in my vision for weeks (first time round!). It was like things I was looking at were dripping down. Hard to explain.... Like if I was looking at the top of a door it was like a bit of it was hanging down. Or when I looked at my mobile phone screen, it looked all bumpy. Nothing was in straight lines.

I went to the opticians and they had me look at this grid thing so I could pin point where the error in my vision was. Unforunately, they didn't do anything to help me out, but at least they were able to rule some things out, so I agree with the others who suggested you should go. My problem went away on it's own.

I made a grid of my own like they had, so I could pin point where the error in my vision was when it came back, if you want me to email you a copy, just PM me with your email address.

Good luck getting it sorted, please keep us posted!
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Re: Blind spot

Post  Johnfd on Sun May 09, 2010 5:23 pm

Hi Alli,

I had something a bit like this a few weeks ago but it's gone again now. It came and went over a short period and was very unnerving. I stopped driving until I was sure I was ok.

It wasn't a complete blind spot but a greyed out area like a strip which definitely affected both eyes. When I say that it was greyed out I mean that I could see things through it but they were faint compared with the rest of what I could see. Then again, in my mind I see it as having been covered in grey but it might have just been a faint area.

This didn't happen during a full-on heavy-duty migraine, when I can have vision problems anyway, but during the lull between them when I have daily lower level migraine type headaches. At these times my vision is usually fine even though I might have other nasty symptoms.

I had thought it might be to do with the topiramate I'm trying (which doesn't seem to work). By the time I got to discuss it with my doctor it had gone again although it did reappear briefly once more later. The doctor had no answers for me at all.

My problems only lasted a matter of a few days at a time, recurring over a couple of weeks or so. If yours is sticking around I'd get checked out. I would have done but there was no point as there was nothing to see. Let us know how you get on.

Hopefully it'll just go away. It's all too scary.
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Re: Blind spot

Post  alli on Mon May 10, 2010 11:19 am

I get the greyed out thing too in my right eye. It's is so unnerving. I'll make an appt with the opthamologist after the wedding unless it get worse. I know it is a bit like burying my head in the sand, but if there is bad news, I'd rather have it after the wedding than before. It would just ruin the festivites.

If it gets worse though, I will go in sooner, I promise!
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Post  juggler on Mon May 10, 2010 5:36 pm

Everyone has a blind spot in each eye. In my eyes, they mimic what I get with aura. It can be scary.

If you look at a spot on a page from about 18 inches, with your left eye, there is a blind spot about six inches to the left of where you are looking.

There is an ad running in magazines right now using this principle. I have shown this exercise to many people and am amazed how many are unaware of it.

If this is not what you are experiencing, please excuse me.

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Re: Blind spot

Post  Brain Pain Mom on Fri May 14, 2010 11:53 am

You might want to go to a neuro ophthalmologist. They seem to do a more thorough evaluation and rally have insight into migraines. You can see an opthalmologist in the meantime because they usually have a bit of a wait before the appointment.
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Re: Blind spot

Post  alli on Fri May 14, 2010 11:54 am

Good idea... Thanks. He could probably give me more insight on some of the freaky things my eyes do.
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Re: Blind spot

Post  Brain Pain Mom on Fri May 14, 2010 11:57 am

Crystal has had so many wierd eye things. It drives her nuts. She's even hallucinating now on occasion.
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