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What are the tests to assess TIA while experiencing partial vision loss?

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Posted on Wed, 23 May 2018
Question: I am experiencing a partial vision loss - probably a TIA - what will happen when I go to the emergency room??
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (33 minutes later)
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Hello Ms. XXXX,

When you go to the ER, they will do a quick assessment (vitals) and an eye exam. If they think there is the possibility of a TIA or stroke, they will do a brain CT scan. If it is a university hospital, someone from the ophthalmology team or neurology team will also come and assess you (resident doctors) who will communicate with their attending doctors (an opthalmologist or neurologist). If it is a community hospital, an ER physician will evaluate the emergency aspects of what is going on and then may refer you to someone as an outpatient. If it is a stroke that is evolving, they may recommend hospitalization until you can be assessed by a neurologist.

Not all visual loss is related to a TIA or stroke. But you should be assessed now.
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (3 hours later)
No further questions - your answer was exactly what I wanted - THANK YOU!! And - thanks for answering so quickly! XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (2 hours later)
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your welcome!

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Your welcome XXXXXXX and I hope you have gone in to be evaluated.

Wishing you a quick recovery,
Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh, MD
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What are the tests to assess TIA while experiencing partial vision loss?

Brief Answer: Information Detailed Answer: Hello Ms. XXXX, When you go to the ER, they will do a quick assessment (vitals) and an eye exam. If they think there is the possibility of a TIA or stroke, they will do a brain CT scan. If it is a university hospital, someone from the ophthalmology team or neurology team will also come and assess you (resident doctors) who will communicate with their attending doctors (an opthalmologist or neurologist). If it is a community hospital, an ER physician will evaluate the emergency aspects of what is going on and then may refer you to someone as an outpatient. If it is a stroke that is evolving, they may recommend hospitalization until you can be assessed by a neurologist. Not all visual loss is related to a TIA or stroke. But you should be assessed now.