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tnb5330 posted:
Hi Everyone,

Last Monday night I was looking at my up-comming classes in my on-line school and stood up to go to the restroom and suddenly lost all of my vision left of center in both eyes. It is not like I have tunnel vision I can NOT SEE ANYTHING OUT OF THE LEFT SIDE OF EITHER EYE (sorry about the cap lock) I was wondering if anyone else has had a stroke similar to this? The vision loss is the only symptom I have. The stroke has been confirmed with an MRI, it shows a clot in the ocular vessel or nerve? not sure which though.
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear tnb5330,

I am sorry to hear of your recent stroke. Have you asked your neurologist or ophthamologist for an expert answer about future expectations for your vision?

I have an article on Stroke Rehabilitation: What to Expect After a Stroke, and some Stroke Resources that might help.

Best wishes,

Byroney
 
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ladybird6766 responded:
Good evening everyone. I am very new to this and so I am just going to start. I am taking care of my father 70 year old stroke victim. His stroke only effected the Ocitipal lobes of his brain resulting in vision loss. This was 1/30/09. Today we had our first visit with a Neurologist. I am very new to this area of medicine and thought his family doctor was taking care of everything. I am looking for anyone who can help me find areas to search for what the doctor diagnosed him with "Anton-Babsinski syndrome" I have been able to fine very little in the way of articles or anything even related to this syndrome.

I am a single parent and care for my father in my home. He also has COPD, Emphysema, Diabetis, High blood pressure/cholestrol, Arterial Fibrilation, Congestive Heart Failure and now has had a Stroke. My daughters come in to my home during the day to allow me to go to work and I then come home to my second full time job, my father. I am having some serious issues in coping and would appreciate any and all help.

Lisa
 
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emsangel77 responded:
Well I can't say that it was my only symptom( I went thru pretty much all of them) but it was one of my earliest symptoms. I am sure my artery dissected when I was swimming laps and I got an instant headache and lost vision in my right eye, not completly though. I am very sorry about your stroke, have you regained your vision in your eye?
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear Lisa (ladybird6766),

Wow, it sounds like you're dealing with a lot of things. Your first step is to talk to the doctor or his nurse and get informed what Anton-Babsinski syndrome is. I couldn't find anything about it either, so either it's very rare or I have it spelled wrong.

Reach out to local state and county resources, as well as to whatever insurance coverage he may have, and find out what is available to you. There may have home care visits, assistants or medical aids, meals on wheels, and many other programs the two of you would be eligible for. Do not continue trying to handle this all on your own!

Ask the neurologist's office or hospital if there is 1) a stroke survivor's group and 2) a caregiver's support group in your area. The patient advocate or discharge case worker may also be able to help you figure this out, too. Getting linked up to other people sharing the same struggles is the best way to network for support and solutions. You might want to take a look at our Stroke Resources, too.

You can also look at the Caregivers Support Group message board, and this article on Stroke Rehabilitation Concerns of the Caregiver.

Write back and let us know how you're doing,

Byroney
 
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nks3698 responded:
My husband lost his vision on April 22, 2009. Very similar, he came in, sit down and he said it was like somebody shut the lights off. He also has copd and emphysema. He is 66 yrs old. We sought treatment with a neuro/opthamologist at a close by university. He said my husband has dyslexia without agraphia. He can actually see letters a bit now, but he can't put the letters together to form a word. He loves reading,crosswords, and playing golf. When he looks at words he said it looks like the words are scrambled. His eyes become tired and he just quits trying. We have tryed all kinds of magnifying glasses. The brain is an interesting and complicating thing. Good luck to you, give it time and as my husband states, he has no choice but to take one day at a time. His doctor told him that 40 % of the patients get 40% of their sight back. Not great odds!!!
 
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lilzav responded:
Hi, I too had a stroke that affected the left side of each eye - on December 26 at age 43. My entire left side went, but came back at the hospital. Just my vision deficit is left. My neurologist thinks the stroke was due to birth control pills since I have no other risk factors. My vision has not improved, but I still have hope that it will. I haven't driven since the stroke, but I was pursuing the possibliity of rehab driver training. However, as a result of my filling out the required forms, DMV asked that I surrender my license and basically forget about it. Has your vision improved at all? Do you happen to suffer from dizziness? I have been dizzy for the past month and was sent for another MRI and MRA. They apparently do not show anything new, but the dizziness is unexplained. I'd love to hear from anyone about their vision loss and/or light-headedness.
 
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PatAz responded:
The very same thing happen to me. The doctor said it was a blood clot created in my heart by (Atrial Fibrillation) and passed on to my brain which caused the stroke and therefor the loss of vision. They said only time will tell if the vision will return. Meanwhile to prevent any further clots the doctor prescribed COUMADIN. It is a pill he said I will probably have to take the balance of my life. Hope this helps with your situation
 
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brown_wright responded:
Hi! Iam new to this site just like you all I also had a stroke. My vision is blurry and I stay dizzy also. I'm looking up information on the after effects of a stroke. My doctors really don't know what caused the stroke I feel it was stress.
 
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tku1107 responded:
had a stroke Nov 97. I was completely blind at first. I recovered most of my vision except thirty percent in each eye. I am blind in the upper left quadrant of each eye. my stroke was located in the right occipital lobe, in my case the posterior cerebral artery just disappeared. no clot, no bleed. I was only 40 at the time. no high bp, no high cholesterol, no diabetes. only hormone replacement therapy, no smoking. I know how scary it is, i hope you are doing okay. it takes 6 months for all the brain swelling to go down to know if you might get some vision back. what is gone at a year is gone according to my neuro doc. just so you know, depression and anger control are very common after strokes, no matter how mild the stroke. unfortunatly, i have both. i also have some memory trouble. i hope yours was much milder than mine. i just wanted you to be aware of the depression and anger control. don't beat yourself up if you notice it happening, hope you have an understanding family like me. i hope your doing okay, hope your classes are going well.
 
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tku1107 responded:
lisa, medicare should help pay for home health services. if pt. health is bad enough they can some times get around the clock care. hope this helps with your second job. talk to your dr. about home health care. good luck. tku
 
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krisgo47 responded:
HELLO DONT KNOW IF THIS WILL BE OF ANY HELP BUT I TO HAD A STROKE IN 1994 IAM 47 YEARS OLD NOW AND MY EYES ARE GOING FAST JUST IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS OR SO. EVERY SINCE THE STROKE MY PUPILS HAD STAYED TINY BUT I DIDNT REALLY NOTICE MUCH OF A CHANGE IN MY EYE SIGHT ACTUALLY I DIDNT EVEN NO THAT A STROKE COULD HAVE THAT EFFECT ON SOMEONE. ALLS THEY TOLD ME IS THAT I COULD HAVE BEEN PARTIALLY PARALIZED BLIND OR DEAD SO I WAS GREATFUL FOR THAT. ANY HOW ABOULD MY VISION IT IS REALLY SCARING ME I DONT KNOW IF MY VISION IS DETERIATING FROM AGE OR IF ITS BEHIND THE STROKE. ALLS I NO IS THAT I CAN HARDLEY READ ANY THING ANY MORE AND DRIVING AT NIGHT IS GETTING PRETTY DIFFICULT TO SEE ALSO WELL GUESS ITS TIME TO GET SOME INSURANCE AND GO SEE A EYE DOCTOR YOU THINK? LOL. OK WISH YOU LUCK AND A LONG AND HEATHY LIFE GOD BLESS YOU CHRISTINE.
 
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schneiderl responded:
Hi,

Yes, I think vision loss is common among stoke patients. I suffered a stroke 18 years ago at the age of 33. I woke up to a very dark room . My vision has improved but I am still partially blind in one eye and have been since my stroke.
 
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An_227153 responded:
Hello, My name is Debbie. I had the same misfortune 15 years ago. It is actually a brain problem not an eye problem. It is difficult to explain but, simply, The part of the brain that developes the left vision fields doesn't develope the left vision fields when you end up with Left Deprived Heminopsia due to the cerebral hemorage which is what I had. You have a clot you say so maybe your sight will come back. I pray it will for you because this is a very difficult way to have to live and work. You get good at dealing with it but you can't be perfect so much is missed and causes so many problems. Please respond. I have never had the chance until now to speak with anyone who has what I have.
 
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flw63 replied to An_227153's response:
After reading all the posts I feel so very bad for the people that are going through this suffering. I just logged on to try and find out if having sparks of light or just sparking flash through one eye every now and then be related to having a stroke, Ir's not me but my husband. The problem is he also has Macular Degeneration so it could be related to that. I'm just scared for him and he is so stubborn when I mention going to the Doctors. It really doesn't sound right to me and since he's had MD for so long without these symtoms I don't think this new symtom is related. As Debbie said, I wonder if it's something in the brain?


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