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Old 02-10-2003, 06:45 AM   #1
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Question failed visiual field test

I am a 52 yr old female, worn glasses all my life (age 2 for crossed eye.......continued as needed for astigmatism)
Recently noticed that it was harder to focus on fine print, so had an appointment for regular eye checkup. Also had noticed when I closed my right eye, there was a dark spot in the upper right quadrant of left eye field of vision. Pretty dark in dimly lit room, but outdoors in bright daylight, only notice that the snow has a yellowish hue in the area. Seems a little blurry in that area only.

eye exam showed very helathy retina, macula, overall the eyes are in good health. Visual field test done, showed definite problem with upper right quadrant, I did see some of the brighter lights in the test, but obviously failed the dim lights.

I had a cat scan the following day (2-4-03), as tactless optometrist suggested problem in the left occipital lobe, probably a tumor or aneurysm.....over the phone mind you. anyway, cat scan showed nothing, they scheduled a neurology appt in mid march. Cat scan doc said it could be anything from a minor stroke in that area, to leading sysmptom of ms.

I haven't had any headaches, nausea, strength or coordination problems. No knocks in the back of the head that I remember. I did have a hard blow to the left eyebrow in the summer of 1999, hard enough to raise a small horn on my head.........but I think it's too late for that to be a problem.

Anyone have any brighter possible diagnosis.....someting simple that I could hope for.....something that doesn't involve my head and a Black and Decker drill?

I would appreciate any info from someone who had experience with this type of problem.

June


 
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Old 02-12-2003, 09:09 AM   #2
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Well, it's good news the CAT scan was normal.

How many times did you take the visual field?

Good luck with the neurological consult. Hopefully everything will turn out fine.


 
Old 02-12-2003, 10:00 AM   #3
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Only one visual field test done. But they pinpointed the exact spot where my vision is blurred/dark.

Thanks for the good wishes. Hoping for the best on the 19th. Something fixable would be nice, anything not terminal would be the best news.

June

 
Old 02-13-2003, 01:49 PM   #4
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June:

How about the possibility of a small vein occlusion in that area? Would that be obvious to the retinal examiner? Often, in the case of scotomas, a fluorescein angiogram is called for. That involves injecting a dye into the arm and snapping pictures of the retina. It shows the condition of the blood vessels in the back of the eye.

I have large central scotomas and have had every test going. Cause still unknown. From my research, it seems there are many eye problems that remain a mystery (snow, for example, is very common).

Good luck to you.

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I had my annual eye exam last week and had to go back today for a visual field test. I am 57 yrs old. had last exam 11 months ago and no problems at that time. doctor is telling me the cup in my left eye is weird. different then the right one. visual test in left eye was better then the right eye. I have no idea what the cup is does anyone out there have a similar problem. dr said we have to watch for glucoma so have to go back in a year. said the cup surrounds the optic nerve but why would it be different. anyone know....

 
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I had my annual eye exam last week and had to go back today for a visual field test. I am 57 yrs old. had last exam 11 months ago and no problems at that time. doctor is telling me the cup in my left eye is weird. different then the right one. visual test in left eye was better then the right eye. I have no idea what the cup is does anyone out there have a similar problem. dr said we have to watch for glucoma so have to go back in a year. said the cup surrounds the optic nerve but why would it be different. anyone know....

 
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I have no idea what the cup is does anyone out there have a similar problem. dr said we have to watch for glucoma so have to go back in a year. said the cup surrounds the optic nerve but why would it be different. anyone know....
The "cup" is used to partly describe the central region of each optic nerve. Most of the time the "cup" is very similar in size and shape in both eyes. But sometimes the "cup" can look different in each eye. Usually a difference in size/shape is a result of physiologic variation, but sometimes it can indicate the presence of an eye disease, i.e. glaucoma.


 
Old 03-03-2003, 09:29 AM   #8
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2jranch:

Your story sounds similar to my own with the exception that I had more vision lost in the visual field tests. I also had an MRI to rule out any problems with brain activity. In the end, after numerous tests with various eye specialists, they found that I had an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. It progresses differently for different people.

My own vision has gone from being able to drive 10 years ago to using a cane and guide dog now. However, I roomed with a wonderful lady at guide dog school about six years ago who could still see the credits on a movie theater screen. She was much much older than myself. So, it does after all affect each of us differently.

I would ask what the chances are that you have retinitis pigmentosa. As far as I know, I am the only one in my family that has it. There was a man, a great-great-great-great uncle who was pretty much blind but no one knew what he had. He is the only other person in our family who has had any blindness like this.

Best of luck.

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Old 03-03-2003, 11:15 AM   #9
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question on the visual field test. I took my first one last week. I was looking for bright lights flashing but only could see little round circles. is this what I m looking for or what. dr said bright light and light not so bright. i didnt see any light flashing.
guess im crazy.....
thanks

 
Old 03-17-2003, 06:34 PM   #10
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After the royal run around, and the refusal of the optometrist and internist to refer me to the ophthamologist, I went on my own out of town to a renowned opth.; the following day I went to a vitreoretinal consortium to confirm, on Friday, as an outpatient, I had my left eye removed because of a melanoma in the eye. It was fully contained in the eye, but so close to the center of the visiual field, they would have destroyed what little vision I had left if they had tried radiation. I requested the removal, to guarantee it was all out. If any of you have ANY eye problems, run, do not walk to the nearest ophthamologist and get checked out. Optometrist are good for lgasses, maybe.............today I find no good use for them to continue using up the earths oxygen. But that's just my tainted opinion.

Thanks to everyone for all the help, and I wish you all good health

 
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