How can a stroke affect my eyesight?

The effects of a stroke are dependent on what part of your brain was affected or starved of oxygen. Every stroke is different and the symptoms and degree of damage are very individual. Some people are mildly affected by the stroke for a short time while others may suffer long term disabilities from the stroke. Some of the common effects of stroke include difficulty or problems with walking, language or speech, mental processes, swallowing, paralysis and eyesight. 

Some of the vision problems that can occur as a result of a stroke include loss of part of vision or loss of visual field. Visual field is the term used to describe the whole of your vision, from the centre to the periphery. It refers to everything you can see in the periphery of your vision as well as looking directly at something (central vision). Strokes can cause whole sections of your visual field to be missing.

Other visual problems that can occur as a result of stroke include eye muscle and nerve problems which can result in double vision and moving images as well as other effects such as sensitivity to light.

We have also produced a factsheet with more information on how a stroke can affect your sight:

For more information and advice about the effects a stoke can have on your sight and other eye conditions please contact our Helpline on:

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