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my72 year old mother just today started loosing her near sighted

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my72 year old mother just today started loosing her near sighted vision and was seeing this blue light. she still hasn't gotten her vision back yet. And she said her eyes are feeling hot.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.

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Is this affecting both eyes at once?

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How long did the blue light last?

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I see that you are offline. I'll switch over to the Q&A system. This system works a lot like 'text messaging' but an email is sent to each of us anytime something is posted to this thread. We can continue to work on your question there..... :)

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
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Dr. Rick : Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Dr. Rick : Is this affecting both eyes at once?
Dr. Rick : How long did the blue light last?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

i dont know how this chat works. Yes. it affects both eyes.blue light about 4 hours

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
How is her distance vision?

Does she have any medical problems or take any medication?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

she can see distance. she was on doxcycline for a cold.

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
Ok. Thanks for that information. I do not think that the doxycycline is at fault here.

It is difficult to tell exactly what is going on with your Grandmother as her symptoms are not typical for any specific condition at this point. She may be suffering from an issue with the central part of her retinas (the macula), an issue with the part of her brain that is involved in processing vision (the Occipital lobe), a vascular problem with the eye or something even a ocular migraine.

Should she go to the ER? If they have an ophthalmologist on-call to come in and evaluate her that might be useful however, a regular ER MD does not have the equipment or training to properly evaluate this issue.

At this point, I suggest that she see an ophthalmologist first thing in the morning for a complete eye exam and work up.

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Dr. Rick
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

What could cause problems with her retinas? Brain? That could affect her this way? She just laid her Brother down to rest and has been under a lot of stress? Could it be a stroke?

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
It is possible that this is from a small stroke to a very specific part of her brain that is involved in processing data from the part of the retina called the macula.

This is fairly rare, but is does happen.

I would not blame her near vision loss on "stress" alone at this point.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
Hi,

I was just thinking about your Grandmother and wondering what the ophthalmologist found on Friday. I hope she is doing better.