Amaurosis fugax is scary

So, quite a while back, I suddenly turned “blind” for an hour or so. I decided to go for a nap and see if that fixed it. It did. That was a relief. It’s scary. In one moment, you can see just fine. In the next, you see less… and less… and then everything is just black and you can’t do anything about it. Drink a lot of water, get some fresh air, and take my iron supplements – nothing really worked.

I should have called an ambulance immediately. I didn’t. I went to a doctor a few days later given that it was the weekend and given that most doctors are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The eye specialist didn’t have a diagnosis. He just named the symptom “amaurosis fugax”. It’s the word for “eyesight goes black”, apparently. I was sent to the internal specialist. He suspected a stroke – for which I’m too young by the way. I was sent to the hospital. I was freaking out. There they couldn’t find anything wrong with me.

It happened five or six years ago, too. I was incredibly well prepared for this vocabulary test we had in our Latin class. Then, though, I suddenly couldn’t see much for about half an hour. I still was able to see a little from the corner of my eye but it didn’t go away.

I told my teacher back then that I can’t see anything. I literally couldn’t see the paper in front of me. He said that that’s a weird excuse. I told him that I could yell out the correct test answers right in that instance. It’s not about the test. It’s literally my eyes.

Hence, I was sent to the infirmary – or rather that room where people feeling unwell are sent. It wasn’t really an infirmary. After half an hour, my eyesight got better. It didn’t happen again, so I didn’t think much of it.

Thus, it happened once. Skip to the present: After a few years, it happened again. Now, it has only been a year since it last happened… and that’s worrying me. My eyesight went fuzzy again on Wednesday. Then again yesterday.

Maybe I’m overthinking it but it appears that it’s more frequent now. The next time I’m seeing black and just black, I will call an ambulance. There is literally nothing that can be found when you go see a doctor once the issue is “fixed”.

It’s like having a cold and only going to the doctor about it once you’re completely healthy again. Pointless.

So, I gotta take this more seriously. My father has this sort of thing as well – but he’s older than me, naturally. He had three strokes already in his life but according to him, the issue is related to stress in his case.

In my case, it’s most likely the same… but according to a search on the internet, I’m supposed to call an ambulance the next time it happens.

And well, iron doesn’t really seem to help and hydration doesn’t quite help either. It’s not anaemia or something else that I know about. It could be migraine attacks but that’s just speculation at this point.

So, amaurosis fugax is scary. I gotta take care of myself better, I guess. Maybe I just worry too much with exams going on and the added stress of my partner moving away soon and us going long-distance. Maybe I really am just overthinking it at this point and that’s causing stress and that stress translates into temporary blindness or something.

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    1. A quick look at causes. I see Lupus. I know someone we knew for years had health issues they just couldn’t figure it out. She could eat a horse and kept losing weight. All sorts of pains and nothing seemed to be a cause. Then one day they tested for Lupus. But I see too migraines. And that could definitely be triggered by stress. Hope you are able to get a diagnosis

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  1. And this is why I don’t like going to see doctors, they can never figure things out. But hopefully going when it happens well help! I mean, it would be great if it didn’t happen again but it looks like maybe that won’t be the case. It sounds like it might be stress related though, so maybe working on that, not going over a threshold might help 😣 stress is crazy, it really does destroy us

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  2. I had this happen to me about 10 times back in 2010-2011 during and after my deployment to Afghanistan. I went through some pretty extensive tests; measuring blood flow through my neck to the head, scans of my head and eyes to check for blood clots, checks for neurological diseases and specialized eye doctors looking inside my eyes with all sorts of tools, but no trace of anything was found. I was 22-23 years old and I was told it was unusual to get amaurosis fugax at such a young age. I haven’t had it since so I’m pretty confident it was stress induced as that deployment was very stressful (loss of friends, getting shot at every other day, sleeping outside for 6 months etc.).

    I hate that no credible medical source says anything about stress being a possible trigger because I still go about wondering what it was and if or when it will happen again, even though it has been 11 years since the last incident. Nowadays when I’m really stressed, I sometimes get eyelid twitches on that same eye (which is harmless and a common stress symptom), so I’m almost certain the am. fugax was stress induced too.


    1. Yeah, it happened a few times to me these days but it may also be because of blood pressure or something… so at this point, I’m going to the cardiologist again once I get an appointment.
      Glad to hear that it hasn’t happened to you anymore – and thanks for your service.


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