29.03.2010

PMA leads to "kaleidoscopic vision" for 19-year-old

PMA leads to "kaleidoscopic vision" for 19-year-old

By Alexa Kaczka

A 19-year-old girl has been diagnosed with Persistent Migraine Aura (PMA), meaning what she sees is similar to looking through the lens of a kaleidoscope, it has emerged.

Only 20 people in the world suffer from the condition and now British teenager Danielle Burton is one of them.

She revealed that the condition only started coming on when Ms Burton thought she was suffering a migraine.

Over the time that she has had PMA, normal vision has returned to her for just one hour and Ms Burton"s condition is considered to be one of the worst cases.

"Even when I see, I can"t see what a normal person can see. It is television static, there are lots of different colours raining the whole time," Ms Burton commented.

Researchers recently discovered that contact lenses with vitamin E could help deliver medication to treat glaucoma, another disease affecting vision, as they would extend the amount of time a medication bathes an afflicted eye.

by Martin Burns


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