The most common symptom of a stroke affecting the eye is sudden, painless vision loss. It can affect all of one eye, in the case of CRAO and CRVO, or it can affect part of one eye, in the case of BRAO and BRVO. Other symptoms include:
• Loss of peripheral vision;
• Distorted vision; and
• Blind spots.
Without immediate treatment, vision loss can be permanent.
Who Is At Risk for a Stroke Affecting the Eye?
Men are more likely to have a stroke involving the eye than women. The disease is most commonly found in people in their 60s. Having certain diseases increases your risk of an eye stroke. These include:
- Cardiovascular disease;
- High cholesterol;
- High blood pressure; and
- Narrowing of the carotid or neck artery.
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