The Operation Was a Success, but the Patient Cannot See

Anne E. Semmer, Michael S Lee, Mehran Taban, Scott Smith, Gregory Kosmorsky

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A 71-year-old African American woman presented with severe vision loss in her left eye one day following trabeculectomy with mitomycin C and retrobulbar anesthesia. She had a new left relative afferent pupillary defect and macular whitening. The optic disc appeared normal. Intraocular pressure and fluorescein angiography were normal. Westergren erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein were elevated. Temporal artery biopsy was positive for giant cell arteritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-713
Number of pages6
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009


  • central retinal artery occlusion
  • giant cell arteritis
  • ischemic optic neuropathy
  • postoperative vision loss
  • trabeculectomy

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