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Unusual perceptions and double images

Unusual perceptions and double vision can have a wide variety of causes, from harmless fatigue to a stroke. To rule out serious causes, those affected should always contact an ophthalmologist.

A relatively common form of vision disorder is that Amaurosis fugax: This is a temporary, non-painful loss of vision. It often occurs repeatedly and usually only affects one eye. The cause is a circulatory disorder of the retinal vessels or of the cervical and cerebral arteries that supply the eye or the visual center in the brain with blood. The disease is related to the transient ischemic attack (TIA, "mallet"), mostly affecting older people with arteriosclerosis and / or diabetes. If the symptoms occur in the morning after getting up, there is often a strong constriction of the cervical artery (carotid stenosis). In this case, amaurosis fugax is to be seen as an acute warning signal that indicates an impending stroke and therefore requires clarification as soon as possible.

Symptoms, their causes, measures and self-help

  • Seeing gray, floating dots and threads (Mosquitoes, floaters)

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  • Seeing dark spots or "soot rain"

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  • Seeing jagged lines, flashes of light and sparks (shudders)

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  • One-sided colored rings around light sources; Pain and redness in the affected eye; blurred vision; Nausea, vomiting

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  • Yellow, blue, red vision

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  • Not recognizing certain colors

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  • Distorted, enlarged or reduced vision

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  • Constant or changing double images without any abnormalities on the eye

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  • Sudden double vision without abnormalities in the eye; usually severe to unbearable headache; mostly increasing clouding of consciousness; often paralysis

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  • Double vision with increasing prominence of the eyeball

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Seeing gray, floating dots and threads (Mosquitoes, floaters)

Causes:

Measure:

  • On the same day to the ophthalmologist if numerous spots suddenly appear (individual, small "mosquitoes" are almost always harmless)

Seeing dark spots or "soot rain"

Causes:

Measure:

  • On the same day to the ophthalmologist

Seeing zigzag lines, flashes of light and sparks (shudders)

Causes:

Measure:

  • On the same day to the ophthalmologist with flashes of light and sparks without a headache

One-sided colored rings around light sources; Pain and redness in the affected eye; blurred vision; Nausea, vomiting

Root cause:

Measure:

  • Immediately to the ophthalmologist or to the eye clinic

Yellow, blue, red vision

Causes:

  • Digitalis poisoning
  • Rare side effect of other drugs, e.g. B. sulfonamides, diuretics
  • Intoxication or withdrawal symptoms in the case of alcohol dependence and drug addiction

Activities:

  • Immediately to the family doctor or to the clinic in case of color vision with nausea, confusion or treatment with digitalis
  • Otherwise to the family doctor in the next few days

Not recognizing certain colors

Causes:

Measure:

  • See an ophthalmologist the same day if the complaint reappears

Distorted, enlarged or reduced vision

Causes:

Measure:

  • The same or next day to the ophthalmologist if no migraines or epilepsy are known

Constant or changing double images without any abnormalities on the eye

Causes:

Measure:

  • On the same day to the family doctor

Sudden double vision without abnormalities in the eye; usually severe to unbearable headache; mostly increasing clouding of consciousness; often paralysis

Causes:

Measure:

  • Call an emergency doctor if the problem has not subsided after a few minutes

Double vision with increasing prominence of the eyeball

Root cause:

  • Exophthalmos (abnormal protrusion of the eyeball)

Measure:

  • On the same day to the family doctor

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Since serious illnesses can also be the cause, unusual perceptions and double vision should always be clarified by a doctor.

Authors

Dr. med. Arne Schäffler; Dr. med. Brigitte Strasser-Vogel | last changed on at 15:11


Important note: This article has been written according to scientific standards and has been checked by medical professionals. The information communicated in this article can in no way replace professional advice in your pharmacy. The content cannot and must not be used to make independent diagnoses or to start therapy.