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Thread: Went blind in my left eye for 2-3 minutes!!! WTH?

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    Exclamation Went blind in my left eye for 2-3 minutes!!! WTH?

    Last night I completely lost all sight in my left eye for approximently 2-3 minutes before it slowing started to come back. I've been noticing more palpatations lately and my head feels kinda funky. WTH? Has anyone experienced this? Could this be a sign of a stroke? OMG! Just to refresh your memories, I'm about 3 months post MVR. Thanks for any insight. Dee
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    You need to see the Doctor. It could have been a TIA or mini stroke or something else, but whatever, you need to let your Doctor know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    You need to see the Doctor. It could have been a TIA or mini stroke or something else, but whatever, you need to let your Doctor know.
    Thanks, Ross! I just left a message with my doctor's nurse. I spoke with my brother, a doctor, but oncologist, and he said to alert her and go into the ER if it happens again.
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    I hope it was nothing serious. Definitely see your doc!
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    I'm about 2.5 months post AVR and had a very similar experience in one eye, but only about 1/2 my field of vision was affected??? This was this AM, strange coincidence! No other symptoms.
    Phil
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    Quote Originally Posted by bugchucker View Post
    I'm about 2.5 months post AVR and had a very similar experience in one eye, but only about 1/2 my field of vision was affected??? This was this AM, strange coincidence! No other symptoms.
    Very STRANGE coincidence, indeed! I was completely blind in the left for 2-3 minutes. VERY SCARY!!!
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    Joe had many of those. His were TIAs. However, I want to caution you. I think your brother is right to go to the ER. One time Joe had it happen and he thought it was the same old, same old. He never told me, and just let it be. It didn't clear up. He had had a hemorrhage in his eye and he became premanently blind in that eye.

    His eye doctor said it was a shame because had he gone to the ER, there was a chance they could have saved some vision in the eye. There is a 3 that is three hour interval when it has the possibility of being helped, after that the vision is impaired permanently.

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    Please forgive my ignorance but what is a TIA?
    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by bugchucker View Post
    Please forgive my ignorance but what is a TIA?
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    What is a TIA or transient ischemic attack?

    A TIA is a "warning stroke" or "mini-stroke" that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce your risk of a major stroke.

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    Dee I just figured it out. You went to the darkside of internet and found pics of me didn't you? That would surely do it.

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    I would get it checked out. You do not want that to happen when your driving. Best of luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deek View Post
    Thanks, Ross! I just left a message with my doctor's nurse. I spoke with my brother, a doctor, but oncologist, and he said to alert her and go into the ER if it happens again.
    Please keep us informed, Dee. Best of luck, hoping it is nothing serious and that it won't happen again.
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    Dee--
    I've had something similar, but not the same. Almost like a gray-out in both eyes with palpitations. Glad that you called the doctor (and your bro, too), though. Keep us informed!
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    Dee, a 2-3 minute vision loss may have been a mini-stroke and needs your physicians attention. I had a similar event seven years after surgery that caused partial blindness .......and it never came back. In my opinion, any event that causes vision impairment needs quick attention by a medical professional.
    Starr-Edwards mechanical AVR 1967 at age 31.....University of Kentucky Med. Ctr., Dr. Richard Wood & Dr. Gordon Danielson surgeons. No surgery (heart or otherwise) since. On Warfarin ACT since surgery. No diet, lifestyle, or activity restrictions....and I live one day at a time.

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    It also might be a detached retina. If so, it needs to be looked at immediately. If you wait you could have impaired vision.
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    I had several TIA's a few weeks after AVR. Mine effected one eye, it was like a window shade came down about half way. Lasted a minute or so.
    It can be serious and requires attention.

    I've also had a torn retina, my eye filled with spots. It required emergency laser eye surgery to save the eye.
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    dee: hope its all ok..ive never lost total sight but ive had loss of partial sight and had tons of mris and vision exams etc and they could never dx tia but they thought it was an occular migraine which can produce partial loss of vision atleast.. not sure about total. let us know because i just got two of these episodes and I keep shrugging them off so im glad to know about themore serious version.

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    I agree with everyone, get checked out, it could be serious. Do you have any headache pain associated with it?

    I have not had what you are describing, but after my surgery there were several times when I had instant shooting pain in one eye, like someone stabbed a knife into a nerve in my eye. I also had, and continue to occasionally have, partial blindness in one eye due to migraine-style auras. I don't get a migraine but have the visual disturbances for 15-30 minutes. My surgeon said he didn't do anything to effect my eyes and said if I was concerned I should visit an optometrist. I know lots of people on VR.com have the aura issue post surgery. I never found out what caused the stabbing pain, fortunately that stopped.

    Dee, please get this problem checked out. And post what you find out.
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    Good luck! Keep us posted.

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    Thank you ALL! I put in a call to my cardiologist...hoping to hear back from her first thing tomorrow morning. If it happens again, I'm going to the ER. Something is going on? I haven't had anymore vision loss but I've been having palpatations ALL day, my limbs feel especially weak,and I just don't feel right. Not that I've felt good as of late but THIS is different. Again, thank you all so much for concern and guidance. I'll keep you posted.

    Dee
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross View Post
    Dee I just figured it out. You went to the darkside of internet and found pics of me didn't you? That would surely do it.
    Yeap! God's way of protecting me from the horror. Just kidding, Ross! Oh, where would we be without a little humor? Nuts, probably.
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    Have you had your pacemaker checked lately?

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    Dee,

    I would have been long gone to the ER. There is nothing good about blindness even if your vision comes back. It is an indication of something and something that could be very serious.

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    Like others recommended, please see a dr about this ASAP! That does not sound normal at all.

    I've had moments when my vision becomes very blurry & it may last for 10 minutes or more & then comes back to normal gradually. Luckily I haven't had an episode in quite some time. One time that happened when I was on my way to work & I had to pull the car over until it passed. Scary!

    Keep us posted & good luck!
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    Dee- I had the losing vision in half the field of vision in one eye for five minutes or so about two weeks after my AVR (at least I think that's when). It passed quickly and I took an extra aspirin- was going to my cardiologist in three days and told him then. They did a doppler study of the carotid artery to make sure it was clear (which it was) and and decided it must have been caused by a tiny bit of debris from the surgery. My eye doctor is following with interest, but there's been nothing since.
    With your other new symptoms, please go to the doctor....something's not right!
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