• Temporary peripheral vision loss with headache


    Question:

    My son is 21 years old. On two separate occasions while studying he has lost his peripheral vision. It lasts for about 30 minutes and then goes away. He sometimes has a headache afterwards. This last episode he took some ibuprofen and went to bed and felt better when he woke up. He does wear contacts and glasses and has annual eye exams.


    Answer:

    There does not appear to be a question here although I suspect that you want to know what he has. Without a full examination, I cannot confirm what he has, but it is most likely a condition known as an ocular migraine. This may well occur in students and can be associated with stress, among other triggers. In some cases, this can be treated, but in most cases, treatment is not needed. A full eye exam by your ophthalmologist can confirm this diagnosis.


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