Acute Persistent Visual Loss: Acute Maculopathy
What causes it?
Bleeding, inflammation, a choroidal tumor, or contusion from a direct blow to the eye.
Listen for a report of distorted as well as blurred vision.
Don't expect to see a fundus abnormalityit may be limited to the tiny foveal region.
What to do?
Refer within 24 hours. Although most acute maculopathies cannot be treated immediately, anti-microbials must be instituted promptly for a suspected infectious retinitis.
To learn more, go to Principal Ophthalmic Conditions: age-related macular degeneration.