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Peripheral vision is blocked
An_249069 posted:
I apologize if I'm posting this is the wrong place, but I didn't know what else to do. I have a worm-like light blocking my peripheral vision. I was reading a book and it seemed like the entire right side of the page was gone... I looked a little over to the right and the words were starting to reappear, but that worm-like light is still there. And it seems to be moving around like a worm would. It's been there for about ten minutes now. It's kinda creepy looking and I'm kind of freaking out right now. Since I don't have medical and it's a single income household, I know an eye doctor is going to be expensive. Any idea what it could be?
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
Its now six hours after your question has appeared on this forum.

The best possibility is that the missing peripheral vision returned completely a within a short time of writing your question. If this happened and especially if followed by a headache, it is very likely that it the vision problem was part of an unusual type of migraine headache.

On the other hand, if the peripheral vision loss is continuing, there are other possibilities which include retinal detachment, circulation problems, and neurological issues.

In any case, peripheral vision loss, temporary or persisting, is a serious enough medical issue that it warrants an prompt trip to the doctor.

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