Aa
A
A
Close
Blank
237039 tn?1264261657
Plaque Causes Blindness
Has this happened to anyone else?  I have a plaque in a blood vessel in my eye and have lost half the vision in my right eye.  It's uncommon, but can happen.  This happened to me last week.

Thanks, Ally
Cancel
7 Answers
7 Answers
Page 1 of 1
187666 tn?1331176945
I've heard of TIA's causing temporary blindness. And I'm assuming the TIA was caused by a clot or plaque breaking loose. But never heard of your situation. Is there any chance it will clear?
Comment
Cancel
187666 tn?1331176945
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
976897 tn?1379171202
Any artery in the body can become victim to atherosclerosis, so vessels supplying blood to the eyes will not be excempt. Arteries supplying the brain, liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, stomach, heart, arms, legs are all vulnerable.
When you lost some sight in your eye, was it a gradual thing? One would expect the vision in that eye to gradually worsen as the plaque builds up. If it was sudden , would it be correct for one to assume it was a clot or broken piece of plaque suddenly causing the occlusion? Has some of the retina actually died?
Comment
Cancel
976897 tn?1379171202
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
237039 tn?1264261657
It was sudden and the damage is permanent.  No warning at all. I was told that there was plaque in the blood vessel and was told that the cell damage happens in the first few hours.  Actually, the opthamologist says that some of my vision may get better and that my left eye would have to compensate for the vision loss.  This has been so surreal and I am having a hard time accepting this.  He told me it is rare.  He only sees this maybe 3 or 4 times a year.   I am just trying to get by with the sight the way it is, but I have to wonder what is going on elsewhere. Like the dr said, it's too close to the brain and it could have been that.  He wants my cardio to know this occlusion has happened and have my carotids evaluated.

Thanks to all reponses.  Ally
Comment
Cancel
237039 tn?1264261657
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
63984 tn?1385441539
From previous posts, I think you have had a heart attack and high cholesterol (?)  Are you taking aspirin and/or Plavix?  

Sorry about your vision loss.
Comment
Cancel
63984 tn?1385441539
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
237039 tn?1264261657
Yes, I have had a few heart attacks, been diagnosed with unstable angina and coronary artery spasms as well.  I used to take Plavix, but decided against it and have stopped taking that.  I do take an adult aspirin a day.  I take omega 3 and vitamin e in large doses and have added coq10 to the multitude of supplements I take.  And I plan on resuming my 3 mile walks daily.  I stopped walking this past summer when Texas was hit with scorching temps.  This visoin loss is so surreal to me.  I am having a difficult time acdepting this.  Thanks for asking!  Ally
Comment
Cancel
237039 tn?1264261657
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
63984 tn?1385441539
It must be hard to accept such a sudden change in your vision.

A year after multiple stent implantation I elected also to go off Plavix, and recently experienced another small MI.  My doctor suggested strongly I take Plavix again as it helps gets the blood through the small vessels that are occuded, and I'm taking it again.   I wonder if that might be something that could help prevent a repeat of your problem.  I know that some people swear by coq10, I took it for several years before I had eight stents inserted, but it obviously didn't help me a bit!

Comment
Cancel
63984 tn?1385441539
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
I was just wondering how you where making out with the the lost of your vision in your right eye. Has it prevented you from doing anything. This just happened to my husband 3 days ago. he had and arterial occlusion
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
237039 tn?1264261657
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619 tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417 tn?1440481484
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar f tn
Blank
achillea
CA
Avatar m tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
Avatar m tn
Blank
tacolino
Ireland
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank
caregiver222
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
370181 tn?1428180348
Blank
RubyWitch I am no longer accepting HI... Comment
5 hrs ago
1236893 tn?1408490528
Blank
408795 tn?1324939275
Blank
fretboard uploaded new photos
14 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1443740527
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619 tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417 tn?1440481484
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar f tn
Blank
achillea
CA
Avatar m tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
Avatar m tn
Blank
tacolino
Ireland
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank
caregiver222