Amourosis fugax is a Latin term for "fleeting blindness". Your
history and eye examination today suggest that you have the condition,
amaurosis fugax. Patients with amaurosis fugax characteristically have
loss of vision in one eye that may last from seconds to minutes.
Occasionally, it may last several hours and often returns to normal.
Amourosis fugax generally occurs from an abnormality not with the eye, but
within the blood vessels that supply and nourish the eye. Sometimes,
amourosis fugax can be caused by other systemic conditions such as heart
disease and abnormalities in the blood.
Amaurosis fugax can be thought of as a transient stroke in the eye. It
can be a warning sign of a tendency towards strokes and thus, patients should
be carefully examined by their internist promptly. You should make an
appointment to see your medical doctor as soon as possible to rule out
treatable causes associated with amaurosis fugax.
The treatment of amaurosis fugax generally involves treating the systemic
condition responsible for the transient blockage of blood flow to the
eye. One aspirin a day can be taken until evaluation by your internist
unless you have a reason to avoid aspirin (i.e, peptic ulcer disease or a
tendency towards excessive bleeding).
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This article was adapted from Optometry Practice Information Systems.