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Kenton

Temporary vision problem

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Kenton

I'm mentioning the below in case someone else here as experienced it and if so what did they find caused it.

Yesterday I was working out in the garden when I thought I had gotten sweat on my left eyeglass. I went inside to clean them and as soon as I took the glasses off realized it was my eye that was blurred. What I was seeing through was like a blurry patchy fog covering most of my vision with a small area below and a small area to the upper right of my vision being free of it. I cleaned my eye and checked my blood sugar just in case it was low and my reading was around 110. Considering I was a bit excited that was expected and no problem. My last A1C was 5.7 and I keep my control fairly tight as I do not want complications.

After a few hours we made an appointment with an ophthalmologist  and was able to get in that afternoon. He did the usual testing, examined my retina, the eyes themselves and did retinal imaging for both eyes. Results were my eyes themselves look fine, some Posterior Vitreous Detachment in both eyes but No Retinal holes, Tears or Detachments and I am developing cataracts but they are at the edges of my vision. Vision with glasses worked out to be 20/30  right eye 20/120 left eye at the time as it was difficult to see though the fog in my left eye. He did not see any obvious issue and both eyes looked normal for my age and as he said mine looked quite healthy for a diabetic.

A suggestion was made that I could have further testing done that would involve a dye being injected which would need to be pre-certified to have done. So I decided to hold off on that and was told if this does not clear up in 2 to 3 days I should contact them again and we will do further testing.

At the time it was noticed also that my left eye seemed to see colors slightly different too, whites had a slight rose tint and what I could see appeared to be warmer color in the left eye.

Today I have a slight blur in the central part of my left eye vision and colors are back to normal in both. So I kind of wished I had waited as I expect that bill will be a shocker but now wonder what the heck happened. I was working in the garden which is shaded and while hot out did not get dehydrated or stare at the sun or anything.  He said UV damage should have been obvious but I had no irritation in the eye and it felt normal sensation wise.  I guess next time I see my primary care Dr in a few months I'll mention it but from what I could read of symptoms did not find any obvious problem that would not have shown up in the testing the ophthalmologist did. He did ask if I have had previous similar symptoms which I have not had.

So it sounds like a neurological event may have happened . I wonder if a TIA could present as a patchy fog with light and denser areas and a color shift as the only symptom?

Looking online I did not see that as a possible so?? Anyone here have anything like that in the past and if so what did they decide caused it?

My insurance is not the greatest so I do not want to waste a lot of money so I'm hoping my health holds out another year till I go on medicare.

 

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meyery2k

I do not mean to frighten but blurred vision as you are describing can be a symptom for a stroke. I would call 911 and have the medics take you to ER and get checked out. 

 

I suppose there could be degrees of severity depending upon what is going on.  My Mom had some "annoying" numbness that she ignored and it turned out she had a number of small strokes. Nothing dramatic like you see on TV but it ended up being a big deal because she didn't act on it. 

 

Do not drive yourself!  Call 911. Yes, I realize I repeated that. You don't want something happening while driving. Take this seriously. Hopefully, it is not.  Until you know treat this as the real deal. 

 

If this is a TIA or stroke, the sooner this is diagnosed the better the outcome.  I understand about the finances but it would be worth it to confirm, or better yet deny it, it is worth it. 

 

Please let us know how this turns out. 

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Kenton

I'm going to wait, spent enough money this year already thanks to the daughter.

I have a certain amount to spend each year and already exceeded this years.

It faded into a flickering spot in my vision and now is gone.

No other symptom besides the visual so I'd spend a lot on testing to probably be told they do not know what it was but if it happens again be sure to come right back. If it does return I will go to the emergency room as I'm fairly certain it is not anything involving the actual eye itself based on what the eye Dr observed.

 

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Stl-T2

Maybe an ocular migraine?  They usually have a flashy quality to them, though.  They start small and then spread out through the field of vision and then dissipate.  They usually don't last very long.  Maybe half an hour?  But that's for a typical one.  I'm not sure how long they could go in rare cases. 

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Kenton

Interesting, a headache of the eye without the headache. It did say that can last longer than 1 hour in 20% of individuals. But I do not match most of the qualifications for developing it.  I'm not in my 30's nor am I female.

Hopefully whatever it was was a one of and I can forget about it.

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dowling gram

I didn't know what that term meant so I looked it up. Apparently 75% of people over 65 have had an episode with it. It's just the jell in your eye becoming more liquid and moving away from the retina and is age related. I imagine it was scary but they say it should resolve itself in time.

When I first read your post I thought of the floater I have in my left eye. I saw lots of weird things when I first got it--Black wavy lines tinged in pink. The odd colored lines. These eventually went away and I was left with what looks like a bug in my field of vision. By rolling my eyes to the side I can usually get it to disappear for a while but it's just something I have to live with. My vision over all is good and I have no diabetic damage

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Kenton

dowling gram the visual problem was not related to what the Dr found, he just noted that I had mild cataracts developing and the detachment of the  jelly but they would not cause the visual problem. Just a sign I'm getting older and have normal old eyes. But they were in good condition with no diabetic related damage showing so that at least is good.  I have floaters too, most severely nearsighted people have them even when young. Used to entertain me when bored in class following one around. Not sure what it was but since the Dr basically ruled out anything in the eye if it does happen again I'll have to decide if I think it is serious enough to visit the emergency room or see if I can get an appointment with a neurologist.  It wiped out the central vision in the left eye and changed how colors appeared so I would not want it to be permanent!

Eyes are fine now, I did leave the garden alone today as its just as hot out there.

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Kenton

I have an appointment with a neurologist next Tuesday.

The effect came back this morning.

Was reading the paper when it started. This time the fog is not as severe but the color shift was more pronounced. Anything white or light grey has a rose tint with the left eye and colors again appear warmer looking.

The central vision blur or dead spot was there and the fog was more like light foggy areas throughout my vision. 

It is now down to a slight blur in my vision with the color shift still showing but lighter.

Stroke was ruled out today so that is good at least.

They apparently did find something but he said I needed an appointment with a neurologist and he said they will probably want an MRI done . Today was a CAT scan he said it does not show areas of the brain as well as an MRI. So there is ???  and what they called UFO's . Had to look those up apparently they are small dark areas in the brain tissue. Must be the rocks my dad always accused me of having for brains.

 

 

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Kenton

Oh and if you go in the hospital and tell them what I described above they react very quickly.

I walked in and after talking to the lady in admitting for a brief period was scooted to a gurney and away we went.

 

Apparently it also affects the left pupil so they thought I was having a stroke

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Kenton

 

Adiantum,  Lets just say when you are married you do not have as much choice in the matter of whether you are going to the hospital or not.

At least she drove me there instead of us calling an ambulance.

 

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adiantum

Thats two smiles youve given me Kenton.

The first because you also have rocks in your head, & now you tell us you obey she who should be obeyed.

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Kenton

So they accuse people of having a box of rocks for brains there too?

 

It was funny in a way, I'm almost apologizing to the lady in admitting and she looks at me and calls someone take a look at me.

He tells me to take my glasses off and the next thing I know I'm being told to leave my wallet with my wife and I bypass the usual

wait in a small area inside. Apparently my left pupil was larger than the right. That and the visual problem I am describing apparently is often indication of a stroke.  We did not notice the pupil being larger on Tuesday , we were looking to see if there was something in the eye.  The eye Dr dilated my eyes right away so if it was there he missed it too, Was a busy day today, I went in around 8am and did not get out until almost 4:30pm.

Hopefully it is nothing serious but I do not  expect to know for awhile.

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adiantum

Not only can we have rocks for brains, but we can be so lazy that we wouldnt even work in an iron lung.

It's good that todays parents fill their kids with compliments.

 

I must keep a mirror close by to check pupils  should I ever have a similar episode.

We learn so much here through each others experiences.

 

I've also apologized for taking up the hospitals precious time.

That was said through a gargled voice as my throat was closing over through an allergy.

 

Your in good hands with 'she who must be obeyed'.

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Kenton

I found out what was causing my eye problem. A tumor, they removed as much as they could  last week and will start radiation therapy soon. I'm already taking the pills,  temodar and so far no problems other than slight nausea and it raising my blood sugar.

Will be interesting to see how this pans out for me. I've lost a significant portion of the vision in my left eye.

And I am restricted from driving for 6 months and it appears will need both a Dr certifying I am seizure free and that I can see well enough to drive.

And I assume will take the test again.  Noticed someone in another post asking if they could drive with one eye. Guess I'll find that out too in a few months.

 

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Kenton

Adiantum  I did not mean for you to delete your post. I  got a big chuckle when I saw it. I've been hearing them refer to star cells for the last week and then you wished upon a star.

First thought through my mine, damn, I sure am not wishing on those stars

With laughter. Like I said sick sense of humor.

 

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adiantum

Kenton , it was totally inappropriate. I must consult my best friend google more often :rofl:

I'm liking this  getting to know your sick sense of humour .

 

Now I know why we have a u in our spelling of humour... its for fun  df'ers like u Kenton

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dowling gram

 

9 hours ago, adiantum said:

Kenton , it was totally inappropriate. I must consult my best friend google more often :rofl:

I'm liking this  getting to know your sick sense of humour .

 

Now I know why we have a u in our spelling of humour... its for fun  df'ers like u Kenton

 

You can blame Noah Webster for that. America wanted to get rid of everything that they could that reminded them that they were once an English colony and until he had his dictionary printed there was no firm spelling of words. Noah dropped the u in a lot of English words when he wrote his dictionary and it became the norm in America. We in Canada and Australia still keep to the English spelling. I for 1 think the Americans have it right. That u is not necessary

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adiantum

Happy Thanksgiving @Kenton 

Best Wishes (on the right stars ) for a good recovery, so 2019's Thanksgiving will be even better.

 

Can you take anything for that nausea?

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DonaldHathaway

Diabetes if not controlled, can result in the serious risk to the vision. Keeping blood-sugar levels in order is a key component in preventing the sight altering complication. Even my aunt was suffering from the temporary eyesight problem, so she has consulted to the eye specialist to get rid of the problems. Now she has started using the wholesale reading glasses, Which had helped her to reduce the eye problems.

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adiantum

How very kind of you Donald to think $2 reading glasses help but  in this instance, but I honestly doubt they could prevent the brain tumor the  OP is being treated for .

His d was controlled.

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On 11/21/2018 at 2:56 PM, Kenton said:

I found out what was causing my eye problem. A tumor, they removed as much as they could  last week and will start radiation therapy soon. I'm already taking the pills,  temodar and so far no problems other than slight nausea and it raising my blood sugar.

Will be interesting to see how this pans out for me. I've lost a significant portion of the vision in my left eye.

And I am restricted from driving for 6 months and it appears will need both a Dr certifying I am seizure free and that I can see well enough to drive.

And I assume will take the test again.  Noticed someone in another post asking if they could drive with one eye. Guess I'll find that out too in a few months.

 

 

Keton, glad you found out what was happening.  I will be keeping my fingers crossed that treatment is successful and your vision improves. 

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Kenton

I wonder what they were paid to drop that link?

That is becoming a common problem on sites that allow users to post soon after they join.

At least it was in English, one forum I belong to has been overrun with Chinese linksters.

We tried running some of it through a translator and it was for some product that enhances virility.

I am told they are paid a small amount for their efforts and it's easy to do.

Problem is shutting them out might prevent someone who really needs info from posting.

If their $2 eyeglasses helped what messed with my vision I'd be all over them ;)

 

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