Full Question: If you take Topamax for migraine prevention and discover you are having sudden vision problems, is this reversible? or is it permanent? Arloa. Answer: Dear Arloa; The answer to this really depends on what type of vision problems you're having. Topamax can cause myopia, which is reversible, or glaucoma, which is permanent. For more information, see Potential Vision Issues With Topamax . If you're experiencing vision issues, please contact your doctor at once. Do not abruptly discontinue Topamax as that can cause other issues, but talk with your doctor. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . Another good source of information and support is our forum . To post to the forum, you'll need to register, even if you're already registered on the main section of our site. You can use the...
Alternative Names Vision impairment; Impaired vision; Blurred vision Prevention Regular eye checkups from an ophthalmologist or optometrist are important. They should be done once a year if you are over age 65. Your doctor will recommend earlier and more frequent exams if you have diabetes or if you are already showing early signs of eye problems from diabetes, high blood pressure, or other causes. The pressure in your eyes will be measured at some visits to test for glaucoma. Periodically, your eyes will be dilated to examine the retina for any signs of problems from aging, high blood pressure, or diabetes. These important steps can prevent eye and vision problems: Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Don't smoke. Limit how much alcohol you drink. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Keep your blood sugars under control if you have diabetes. Eat foods rich in antioxidants, like green leafy vegetables. References Chung JY, Singh RP. Preventive measures and screening for ophthal...
Home vision tests measure the ability to see fine detail.
Visual acuity test - home; Amsler grid test
How the test is performed
There are three vision tests that can be done at home: Amsler grid, distance vision, and near vision testing.
AMSLER GRID TEST:
This test helps detect macular degeneration , a disease that may cause blurred vision, distortion, or blank spots. If you normally wear glasses for reading, wear them for this test. If you wear bifocals, look through the bottom reading portion.
Do the test with each eye separately, first the right and then the left. Hold the test grid right in front of you, 14 inches away from your eye. Look at the dot in the center of the grid, not at the grid pattern.
While looking at the dot, you will see the rest of the grid in your peripheral vision. All the lines, both vertical and horizontal, should appear straight and unbroken. They should meet at all the crossing points ...
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