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    Episodic Blurry Vision
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    carnold744 posted:
    For the past few days I have had spells of disorientation/blurry vision lasting for about 5-10 seconds and occurring in regular intervals of about two minutes. These spells tend to last for several hours at a time.

    The best way I can describe it is that I will see small flashes of light and my vision will become blurred/disoriented for a few seconds then return to normal, only to be repeated in two minute intervals. This has been happening off and on for three days now. Any help on what might be wrong would be appreciated.
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    This symptom actually sounds pretty scary, especially if it is brand new. If so, it needs immediate investigation, diagnosis and treatment.

    In very general terms, if the visual problem is being seen with both eyes, it is not an "eyeball" problem but more likely in the visual pathways behind the eye.

    Lots more information and an exam are required immediately. If the visual symptom is being seen in both eyes, I would start with your primary care doctor ASAP, if you cannot be seen promptly, a trip to the emergency room may be required. This may result in a consultation with a neurologist.

    If the visual symptom is definitely in one eye only, it could be an unusual form of retinal "flashes" but it sure does not sound typical for any eye problem.


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