amaurosis fugax

Last reviewed 01/2018

Amaurosis fugax refers to an attack of transient and painless loss of vision in one eye.

It is a common clinical symptom indicative of transient retinal ischaemia, usually associated with stenosis of the ipsilateral carotid artery or emboli (cardiac and aortic).

It is often described as a curtain passing across the eye (1).


  • Gautier J.Amaurosis Fugax.NEJM 1993;329:426-8.