Transient Ischemic Attack

What is a Transient Ischemic Attach?

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is when the blood flow is decreased to one eye for short periods of time, most commonly less than 15 minutes. Visually, a TIA can appear as temporary blacking out or graying out of vision from one eye or it can appear as squiggles or zig zags in the vision. TIAs may be accompanied by unilateral tingling, weakness or numbness.

The underlying etiology of a TIA is concerning and needs to be addressed promptly. It usually means that the blood flow to the brain and eye are reduced for some reason. These reasons can vary from inflammation such as in Giant Cell Arteritis, an embolism or stenosis of the blood vessels from atherosclerosis. Some of these etiologies can mean that you are at high risk for a stroke and often need prompt testing and intervention.

Symptoms of a Transient Ischemic Attack

Sometimes the visual symptoms of a TIA can be similar to those of an ocular migraine or a visual aura associated with a migraine. If you are unsure if you are experiencing symptoms of a TIA or an ocular migraine, you should get personally evaluated by an eye care professional.

If your doctor determines that you are having a TIA, they will either order additional testing, begin you on medications, refer you to the emergency room or communicate with your primary care provider to quickly begin a cardiovascular work up.

A Little Bit About…

A Little Bit About…

Ashley Iketani-Castillo, OD, MS

Dr. Iketani is a Florida native who has a passion for managing ocular disease. She views each patient as a whole person and believes the eyes are a window to a patient’s systemic health. She also has a passion for fitting rigid lenses on patients with corneal disease to help them obtain their best vision.

Dr. Iketani graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where she completed internships at the Hefner Veteren’s Affairs hospital in Charlotte, NC and The Metrolina Association for the Blind which focused on Low Vision rehabilitation. Prior to pursuing optometry, she obtained a Masters of Science which focused on developmental genetics and worked as a technician in a lab that researched breast cancer.

Dr. Iketani currently resides in Charlotte with her husband, a pediatric resident, their two cats and they are welcoming a baby boy in December 2018.

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205 E Council Street, Suite B
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

Phone: (704) 310-5002
Fax: (704) 310-5003
kristin@salisburyeyecareandeyewear.com

 

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Hours:
Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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