Many people ask their eye doctor in Miami Beach what the cause of their temporary blindness is. There are many reasons people could experience a temporary loss of vision, which is also known as amaurosis fugax, and all of them are very serious. Usually, if a patient is visiting their Miami eye doctor because they are having a loss of vision that lasts for seconds to minutes, it’s because they are experiencing symptoms from another, more serious condition. It could be a precursor to a stroke, symptoms of sickle cell, or the beginning stages of acute angle-closure glaucoma. In either situation, a patient needs to be seen as quickly as possible so their condition can be diagnosed and treated before it gets any worse.

What’s the Cause of Temporary Blindness?

With most patients, their temporary blindness only lasts for a few seconds to a few minutes. If a patient is experiencing temporary blindness for hours at a time, it’s probably because they are either losing their vision or are suffering from a condition that’s directly affecting their eyes. Most of the time, patients will tell their Miami Beach eye doctor that they are only losing sight in one eye at a time.

● Intense migraine headaches. People who experience frequent migraine headaches are susceptible to temporary vision loss because these headaches narrow the blood vessels that are found in the eyes.

● Acute angle-closure glaucoma. This is a more common reason that people lose sight in one of their eyes. It’s a type of glaucoma that’s directly related to pressure buildup in the eyes, but it is treatable.

● Sickle cell disease can also cause vision problems, but it’s a genetic condition that’s passed down from parents to their children. If a patient knows their family has a history of sickle cell, then they can be on the lookout for these symptoms to catch and treat them earlier.

What Can Be Done About Temporary Blindness?

There are sometimes treatments that patients can undergo to eliminate their temporary blindness. While some people think that they may just need eyeglasses in Miami Beach, this may not always be the case. If the cause of the blindness is glaucoma, then treatments can be provided to alleviate the pressure and hopefully reduce the temporary blindness. If the cause of the blindness is something like sickle cell, then it can only be treated as it happens. However, it’s best to have this condition addressed by an eye doctor so a patient doesn’t feel scared about their condition in any way.

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Originally posted 2017-02-10 14:29:52.