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can your eye sustain a scotoma (blank spot)from an eye pressure test during an eye exam. T

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can your eye sustain a scotoma (blank spot)from an eye pressure test during an eye exam. The pressure seemed quite harsh during a recent test.

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Was your pressure tested with the thing that puffs air or with the eydrop/yellow dye and blue light?

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Also, can you tell me the results of your fluorescein angiogram? Was this test and the OCT done in response to your scotoma?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Yes with the thing that puffs air. OCT showed epi-retinal membrane with lamella hole.

with horizontal cleft in left eye. Fluorescein angiogram showed window changes only.

Scotoma only visible when reading. Amsler grid showed slight distortion in this left eye. Right eye is perfect -2.0 left eye -6.0. This blank spot only appeared after my recent eye test. Was informed it was not age related macular degeneration.

As a retina specialist I can say without a doubt that your eye pressure test, no matter how harsh it seemed, has nothing to do with your epiretinal membrane or lamellar hole.

The good news is that, if your vision is affected enough, surgery (vitrectomy, membrane peel, etc) can be done and, hopefully, your vision will be improved.

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