Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 10, October 2009

Sudden loss of vision Investigation and management

Shane Durkin John Crompton Lucy Goold
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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.
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.
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.

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