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Vision changes could be early symptoms of a stroke, doctors say

(LIZ BONIS, WKRC)

An insightful eye doctor may have potentially saved a woman's sight, and her life.

Carolyn Benford went in to see the eye doctor just a few months ago, when suddenly she noticed something was not right with her vision.

Doctor Michael Prokopius performed a number of tests on Carolyn including a visual field test.

"I could visualize everything as long as I'm looking forward, but coming from the left, it was like a cloud, like a gray cloud," she said.

Further more precise testing confirmed his suspicions, so he sent Carolyn right to the emergency room.

"Our big suspicion was that of a stroke," Prokopius said.

Carolyn is slowly getting some of her vision back, but she now wants others to know vision changes can be an early warning sign of a stroke. She says early intervention might not just save your sight, it could save your life.

"I am so grateful, because I can still see, I can see the clouds in the morning, I can see the sun," Carolyn said.

If you catch stroke symptoms early, there are newer medications which can given right away to reduce long term complications.

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