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What are the 6 main symptoms of visual loss?

1) Blurred/ out of focus vision
2) Glare
3) Distorted vision
4) Things look pale
5) Shadow
6) Floater


What are the 2 possible problems causing blurred vision?

1) Refractive problem - to do with cornea, lens, shape of eye
2) Macular problem


What is glare?

Difficult seeing in bright light - eg. low sun or fluorescent light at supermarkets - vision may be good otherwise


Glare is usually due to a problem with what?

Cornea or the lens - often due to cataract


What 4 conditions can lead to distortion of vision, what structure do they all affect?

All conditions affecting the retina:
1) Wet macular degeneration
2) Macular hole
3) Macular pucker
4) Retinal detachment


The symptom of things looking paler is due to what 2 types of conditions?

1) Optic nerve disease - optic neuritis or compressive optic nerve disease
2) Conditions affecting the retina - wet macular degeneration, central serous retinopathy


If a field defect is homonymous what is affected?

Its a defect of the visual pathways


If a field defect is not homonymous it is likely to be a defect of one of which 2 structures?

1) Retina
2) optic nerve


What is a floater and what 3 conditions can it be due to?

Opacity in the vitreous
Can be due to:
1) Vitreous syneresis
2) Posterior vitreous detachment
3) Vitreous haemorrhage


What is a cataract?

Opacity of the lens - get yellowing of the lens
This is a common ageing change


How can you examine for cataract?

Examine against red reflex or using a slit lamp


What are the symptoms of cataract?

The symptoms depend on the type of cataract and can include: blurred vision, glare, change in refraction
These can also be asymptomatic - it is difficult to judge the effect on vision from examination


What is the vascular supply to the retina?

Inner retina - from retinal vessels
Outer retina requires diffusion from the choroid - the retinal pigment epithelium maintains the environment of photoreceptors


What is involved in removing waste products from the cones and rods, what does reduced function of this structure lead to?

Retinal pigment epithelium removes waste products from rods and cones
Reduced function leads to drusen - deposits of waste products at the macula


What are the 3 signs of dry age related macular degeneration (ARMD)?

1) Drusen
2) RPE pigmentation
3) RPE atrophy


What are the symptoms of dry ARMD?

Loss of small area of retina leads to severe visual loss
Reading vision is particularly affected but early stages are often asymptomatic


Sudden deterioration of dry ARMD may indicate development of what?



There is no effective medical treatment for dry ARMD but what 4 pieces of advice can be given to patients?

1) Stop smoking
2) Wear dark glasses to protect from bright sunshine
3) Dietary changes/ supplement
4) Low visual aids


What is the treatment for cataracts?

Surgery: Phacoextraction with lens implant


What is Biometry used for in cataract surgery?

To decide on the power of the lens implant


Under what anaesthetic is phacoextraction with lens implant (cataract surgery) performed, will the patient experience any pain afterwards?

Usually under local anaesthetic
Eye may feel swollen and gritty afterwards but not painful


How long does phacoextraction with lens implant take?

10 mins


What is the post operative treatment for phacoextraction with lens implant?

Topical steroid for 2 weeks, review at 2 weeks if no problems, new glasses after 2 weeks


What are the 4 risk factors for carotid artery disease?

1) Hypertension
2) Smoking
3) Diabetes
4) High cholesterol


What are the 3 possible causes of central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO)?

1) Embolic: carotid artery disease (most common cause)
2) Embolic: heart disease (valve disease)
3) Giant cell arteritis


How can carotid artery disease be treated? 3

1) Reduce risk factors
2) Antiplatelet agents
3) Carotid endarectomy if greater than 70% stenosis


Why is important that carotid artery disease causing CRAO is treated?

There is a risk of further emboli to eye or brain


Giant cell arteritis can cause visual loss due to which 2 conditions, is either treatable?

1) Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO)
2) Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION)
Neither is treatable


Neither condition causing visual loss due to giant cell arteritis is treatable, why is urgent treatment of giant cell arteritis required if suspected (in regard to vision)?

Because there is a high risk of CRAO or AION to other eye


How can a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis be confirmed?

Temporal artery biopsy