• Can my cousin regain vision in his shrunken eye that is currently blind?


    Question:

    My cousin got endophthalmitis (inflammation inside the eye) when he was born and was treated with vitrectomy (removal of the gel that fills the inside of the eye to treat retinal conditions) after intravitreal injection failed. Later, the same eye started shrinking and vision in that eye was lost. Now he has completely normal vision with one eye. Is there any chance that he may get back his vision in his other eye?


    Answer:

    Unfortunately, when an eye has lost vision and starts to shrink, we call that condition “phthisis bulbi” and there are no current treatments that can restore vision to that eye. I’m glad to hear that the other eye has excellent vision and I encourage your cousin to wear protective eyewear at all times to minimize the risk of injury to the healthy eye.


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