3. Non-Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
An eye stroke from non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy, whether anterior or posterior, typically stems from an underlying vascular condition as part of the cause. People with vascular disease like diabetes are at higher risk, as are people with heart disease. It’s also possible that patients with elevated levels of vitamin B6, lipoprotein and plasma homocysteine are susceptible to non-arteritic ION symptoms.
As with other eye stroke conditions, these symptoms include sudden and painless loss of vision in usually one eye. The vision loss doesn’t normally progress quickly and it often comes on first thing in the morning.
2. Get Immediate Medical Attention
No matter the cause of sudden vision loss, whether minimal or otherwise, it’s important to get to your eye doctor or even the emergency room immediately. Your condition might not require emergency care, but that’s a risk you don’t want to take by waiting or avoiding seeing a doctor. If you call an ophthalmologist first, be sure to tell them you have vision loss symptoms that might need immediate care. The eye doctor may recommend you go straight to the ER.
1. Eye Stroke Treatment
A thorough eye exam with highly detailed photos of your eyes will determine the recommended treatments. When possible, the main goal will be to unblock the blood vessels keeping oxygen and nutrients from moving through. If blood clots are detected, you will probably be prescribed medication to dissolve them and perhaps be put on a blood thinner to prevent new clots from forming. If blood pressure issues are a possible source of eye stroke, your doctor will help regulate your blood pressure as part of the treatment.Related: Eye Twitching: What Causes It and How to Stop It