HOUSTON – Most people have never heard of eye strokes, but thanks to cellphones, they are being diagnosed with more frequency.
Here is what you need to know about eye strokes:
WHAT IS AN EYE STROKE?
Dr. Andrew Lee is chairman of the Ophthalmology Department at Houston Methodist Hospital.
He said eye strokes cut off the blood supply to the optic nerve or to the retina and symptoms can be immediate.
"In this case, an eye stroke patient would lose their vision for minutes and then it comes back.. but if you have occlusion… it doesn’t come back,” Lee said.
The scary part is that you won’t know right away whether the loss of vision is temporary or permanent.