Sudden blindness in 74 year old man

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Jim, Nov 9, 2003.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest

    (First visit to this newsgroup, hope someone can 'shed some light'!)

    About 6 weeks ago I got a sudden burning sensation in my eyes whilst
    showering. It soon subsided, but the next morning I was 95% blind in
    my right eye (other than a miniscule slit if I look upwards) and
    impaired vision in the left eye - no peripheral vision. Despite strong
    steriods, there's been no improvement since. Obviously this has meant
    that I can't drive my car, and severely limits my movement and most
    other activities.

    I've seen 3 doctors including a consultant and they have very little
    idea what's wrong. They say that the eyes themselves are fine (I had
    very good eyesight previously) and that the problem probably lies with
    the optic nerve. They are cautiously hopeful of an eventual recovery
    but cannot guarantee anything.

    It would be helpful to hear from anyone who's come across similar
    Many thanks
    Jim, Nov 9, 2003
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  2. Jim

    drfrank21 Guest

    It does sound possibly like some sort of optic neuropathy
    (non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy as an educated guess).
    But it's strange you have problems in both eyes.
    Prognosis, unfortunately, is usually guarded depending on exactly what occured-
    have you seen an neuro-opthalmologist for an opinion? Best of luck.

    drfrank21, Nov 10, 2003
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