Vision Problems

warning signs of stroke - vision problems

What the victim might feel:

“One minute I was reading my book and the next I couldn’t make out a word. I knew this was serious, so I just stayed where I was and called my husband. Actually, I didn’t trust myself to get up.”

What the observer might see:

“She looked helpless. When I came to her, she was having trouble finding me visually. I asked her how many fingers I was holding up and she told she couldn’t see my hand. I called 911 and waited with her.”

What the Healthcare Professional might say:

“She was presenting a loss of vision in both eyes that she told us was sudden. We suspected stroke and took her to the hospital immediately.”

Not all individuals experience the same signs of stroke, or experience them in the same way. Stroke signs usually appear suddenly and without warning, and they may not last for a long time, so knowing the signs helps you recognize and react quickly. You may not be aware you are having a stroke unless you know these signs. Vision problems are one of the five warning signs of stroke. A sudden onset of issues, such as difficulty focusing, reduced visual capacity or total loss of vision in either or both eyes, are often symptoms of stroke. On their own, vision problems can be indicators, but when also be accompanied by other signs such as weakness, trouble speaking, headache, and/or dizziness, the likelihood of stroke is strong.

A stroke is a medical emergency. It deprives the brain of oxygen-carrying blood, which kills brain cells at an alarming rate. Every minute is critical. Learning to recognize the signs of stroke may save a life – it could be yours, or someone you love. Call 911 immediately. Medical attention can lead to better chances of survival and recovery.