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For several years I’ve experienced an occasional loss of a portion of my field of vision for a brief period. Kind of like the picture with the lower right side just going away. I can cover either eye but the effect is the same. The first time I noticed it I was driving thru the mountains and saw a speed limit sign that said “7” followed by a sign that said ” Wa For F Ro”. After a while my vision cleared and I chose to ignore it. Several months later I noticed the same thing when I stopped at a Starb Coff. Like the other times if I covered either eye the phenomena was unchanged. It always goes away after about 45 minutes.
I didn’t go to a doctor cause I was afraid they’d tell me I was going blind or having a stroke or going crazy – whatever it was, it wasn’t gonna be good. They weren’t gonna tell me it meant I was getting younger or taller or smarter. My internet searches proved fruitless too – until I tried the word “aura” and came up with Painless Migraine with Aura or Silent Migraine. Because there’s never any pain I hadn’t thought of that. From what I’ve read here about 15% of migraine sufferers experience visual aura immediately prior to the onset of pain, and an unknown number only experience the aura without getting headache pain.
Occasionally rather than the loss of perception, there are pinwheeling flashing lights, which they call the kaleidoscope effect. It’s happened to me a couple times, and it’s hard to stay rational when whatever you look at has spinning flashing lights in the middle. So finding out the cause a few months back was a big weight off my shoulders. It only happens two or three times a year so I count my blessings. I figured I’d put something up for any people who also have experienced this and wondered what the hell was going on. The link tells a little about treatment and touches on how it’s often misdiagnosed.Click here for reuse options!