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Type: Journal article
Title: Sudden loss of vision - Investigation and management
Author: Goold, L.
Durkin, S.
Crompton, J.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2009; 38(10):770-772
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0300-8495
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Lucy Goold, Shane Durkin, John Crompton
Abstract: BACKGROUND Sudden vision loss usually requires urgent ophthalmic assessment. Diagnosis and management requires the judicious use of a wide range of serological and imaging investigations to guide appropriate treatment and referral. OBJECTIVE This article follows on from the previous discussion of the role of history and examination to discuss the appropriate investigation and management of common causes of sudden visual loss. DISCUSSION The key historical and examination findings have now been extracted and synthesised and these inform the next step. The general practitioner must now decide upon the most appropriate and timely investigation pathway or the need for, and urgency of, referral.
Keywords: Humans; Ischemic Attack, Transient; Optic Neuritis; Papilledema; Blindness; Vision, Low; Eye Diseases; Retinal Artery Occlusion; Retinal Detachment; Tomography, X-Ray Computed; Aged; Middle Aged; Female; Male; Migraine Disorders; Giant Cell Arteritis
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020094743
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