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Blind spot in one eye, nothing else! (Page 2)


March 20th, 2014
My 11 year old had a blind spot appear after the flu about 2 months ago. She says it's still there. Two different ophthalmologists at the same hospital have said that there is nothing wrong with her eye and think she is probably making it up... what?! I couldn't believe they would say that to me... anyway, they wouldn't give us a referral to Neurology but thankfully her pediatrician put in the referral after we made some noise. So we will see what the Neurologist says... I hate not having an answer.
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replied May 8th, 2014
I have a 14 year old son who started complaining of his left eye going blind, he didn't notice it until he was scratching/rubbing his right eye and than half of the room disappeared.

He has had numerous MRIs, blood work, spinal taps and nothing came up. He was admitted into the Children's Hospital in March and still having tests done but nobody can seem to come up with a solution. Until today one doctor said he has "big blind spot syndrome". I am a little optimistic and never heard of this syndrome so I googled it and this topic came up.

I sure hope he doesn't go blind, he is only 14 years old, he has a full life of adventures yet. Do I just accept this diagnosis? Or should I keep seeking specialist's, he has seen neurologists, opthmalogy, pediatrician' s, he has had spinal taps, MRI's of his brain and spine, blood work, visual field tests, ultrasounds of his eye etc... what do I do? Accept it or keep seeking help?
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replied August 27th, 2014
i too have temporary blind spot in my both eyes when i constantly stares at one direction the blindspot appears. it has been over 6 years im 20 now and my retina specialist also couldnt find anythng wrong in my retina or even optic nerve. rply
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replied May 25th, 2014
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Hi, I am a 56 year old very health male. I started with my blind spot 18 months ago in my right eye and it has slowly gotten worse. The blind spot is an issue the further I am from an object. The closer I get {with just my right eye open} to an object - say 15 feet or so the the object is whole while at farther distances parts of the object blends into the background. I have been seeing doctors at Johns Hopkins {Wilmer Eye Institute} and they are stumped. I am hoping that someone could steer me to something that I could research on my own - a possible infection, condition or eye disease. I have checked out the diseases mentioned earlier in this blog and they are not possibilities.
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replied May 25th, 2014
Hi, I am a 56 year old in very health male. I started with my blind spot 18 months ago in my right eye and it has slowly gotten worse. The blind spot is an issue the further I am from an object. The closer I get {with just my right eye open} to an object - say 15 feet or so the the object is whole while at farther distances parts of the object blends into the background. I have been seeing doctors at Johns Hopkins {Wilmer Eye Institute} and they are stumped. I am hoping that someone could steer me to something that I could research on my own - a possible infection, condition or eye disease. I have checked out the diseases mentioned earlier in this blog and they are not possibilities.
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replied May 27th, 2015
I think there are a lot of different conditions in this thread, all being lumped under the one heading.

My symptoms quite closely match OP's though (who has, disturbingly, not returned to the site since posting his original message, hah!) in that it co-exists with ocular migranes.

I had never had a migraine or a problem with my vision until March this year. Then, after returning from a day's hiking, I developed a small blind-spot/aura that spread to cover almost the entire right side of my vision. Although it affected the right visual field, the aura could be seen with both eyes, so if I covered my right eye, my left eye could still see the shimmering void covering about a third of my vision. This seemed to confirm that it was neurological, rather than problem in my eye itself. It faded within an hour.

I was worried and attended hospital the next day, where I was run through various tests including CT scan, blood tests and ECG. All were negative for anything more sinister, and I was told it was most probably a painless migraine headache (I am still waiting on the results of outpatient MRI and exercise tolerance testing to confirm that nothing else is going on).

A few weeks after the ocular migraine attack, I noticed another small blind spot, and I assumed I was about to experience another visual migraine. It never came, but the blind spot persisted and is still present. It is about ten degrees away from my centre of vision, at ten o'clock in the right eye and is "smear" shaped. Unlike the migraine aura, it appears ONLY in the right eye. It's quite small, but if I sit about two feet from a computer screen, and move the cursor to the location of the scotoma, I can make the cursor completely disappear; any closer and only part of the cursor disappears.

Most of the time, my brain seems to fill in the gap, so it's most noticeable when looking at dense text, or when the scotoma crosses a contrast edge (say the edge of a daylit window or the corner of the computer screen), in which case my brain doesn't know whether to fill it in with light or dark so it sort of shimmers, similarly to a migrane aura. It's also visible on an Amsler grid.

Within the last few days I have noticed another blind spot in the same eye, right at the centre of vision. Thankfully, this one is absolutely TINY - smaller even than one of the miniscule round air bubbles you can sometimes see in floaters. I actually have to blink quickly or throw my eye slightly out of focus to see it clearly, and it (surprisingly) doesn't seem to interfere with my vision much, but it's definitely there and not a floater. It's like I've looked at a tiny glint of bright sunlight on a distant object, leaving a slight afterburn. When I blink my eyes rapidly, it flickers just like its bigger brother, so they definitely seem to be the same kind of thing, whatever that is.

When I first noticed the blind spot, I went to an opthalmologist who looked at my eye and did various visual tests and found nothing wrong. She said she was going to refer me for an OCT to get a more three dimensional look at the back of my eye, but I haven't had any contact about that yet.

So yeah, my issue seems to be characterized by onset of painless visual migraines on the right side (but both eyes) coeval with small permanent blind spots in the right eye only. It seems to be a strange mixture of problems affecting one eye, and problems affecting neurological processing of vision generally (the migrane auras).

I wonder if something is going on around where the optical nerves meet the brain, causing both global "visual field" issues (on the brain side) and problems in individual eyes (on the optic nerves side)?
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replied October 22nd, 2016
Hi, I have the same problem, I notice this bubble-like blindspot 4 months ago but I just ignored it, 2 days after eye-floaters suddenly appeared, I was scared so I rush to Ophthalmologist. I had series of eye-exam test to determine what It caused, I had Fluorescein Angiography, Optical Coherence Tomography and Toxo Test, then later on the doctor said that I have this blood infection called Toxoplasmosis, It attacks heart, lungs, liver and brain, mine attacks my eyes. I have in now in my both eyes, my right eye got even worst as days pass by, and my right eye is starting to develop blind spot, at first I was scared that I'm gon' lose my vision, but later on I just moved on to my life and follow what the doctor said. Hope it helps.
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replied December 15th, 2016
Wow. This is rediculous how similar my situation is to the OP. 22, had ocular migraines up until when the blind spot appeared, about 4 months ago. No headaches or anything with it, just one blind spot in my left eye. Its strange how quite a few of us with ocular migraines have gotten this issue, yet in a lot of the posts I see, your doctors are saying it is unrelated...
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replied July 16th, 2018
Hey! My blind spot matches exactly what OP, alphahydrae and Jim_Byrne_94 described! I'm 26, always had migraine auras without pain. Then, about ~3 weeks ago, I woke up with a heart shaped blind spot on my right eye. On the first day, it looked as if someone flashed a light on my eye. Then, it just turned blind. If I close my left eye and place the mouse pointer on that spot, it disappears. I've visited several doctors, performed tons of exams including OCT, Pentacam, retinal mapping and others, but everything came up clear. To this day, the spot has not changed at all. I'd really appreciate if you posted a follow-up because I'm naturally worried this may be a sign of something worse to come.
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replied July 17th, 2018
Hi sudden_blind_spot: yeah, you'll be glad to hear I still have my sight three years later, hah!

The original blind spot is still there. It's much less noticeable than it was initially; I have to actively look for it now, but it's hard to tell if that's just because I've got used to it over time.

The second, tiny "bubble" spot I mentioned eventually faded and disappeared, buy I have had more of them in the years since. They appear and then melt away after a week or so. A couple of times, larger blobs have again developed, and I was worried I was going to get a second permanent blind spot, but thankfully these have all resolved themselves, and only the original blind spot still persists.

Results of OCT, MRI, cardiogram, etc. were all completely clear, and I seem to have a clean bill of health other than this one tiny mark in my vision. I have only had two further migranes since my last post.

So yeah, I'm no closer to finding out what is/was the cause, but things have progressed no further after three years, and have actually improved, if anything. Hope this helps.
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replied July 18th, 2018
It certainly helps! The fact you had no more spots is very reassuring. At least now I know that, if we have the same underlying issue, then the odds of getting more spots to the point of losing my vision aren't big. I do have much more migraine auras than you, though, about 4-5 every year.

I've also found more people with very similar symptoms on the eyespots subreddit, and they claim that lowering your head (so that blood flows to it) when a new spot shows up may prevent it from becoming permanent. The hypothesis is that this is caused by spasms on small blood vessels behind the retina, and lowering the head forces the blood flow, preventing cell death, it seems. I thought you'd appreciate that info, despite being in stable position right now. If that works for you, let me know!

Thank you for taking your time to answer, it meant a lot. If, in a future, I figure out what caused this, or if some researcher becomes interested in the subject, I will post here again to let you know. Or, if you prefer, I could reach you directly through email (just send yours to my user there, /u/sudden_blind_spot).
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