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Penn Researchers To Study Treatment Options For "Eye Attacks"

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January 12, 2001
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University Of Pennsylvania Medical Center
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The terms “heart attack” and “brain attack” have become commonplace, but now neuro-ophthalmologists are waging war on the all too common, underreported, and untreated condition referred to as “eye attacks.” These attacks, known medically as Ischematic Optic Neuropathy (“ION”), result from a sudden lack of blood flow to the eye. Eye attacks, which are usually painless, can develop quite rapidly--sometimes overnight, often with catastrophic consequences to the vision of the individual, such as a sudden and permanent loss of peripheral or central vision in one eye.

The terms “heart attack” and “brain attack” have become commonplace, but now neuro-ophthalmologists are waging war on the all too common, underreported, and untreated condition referred to as “eye attacks.” These attacks, known medically as Ischematic Optic Neuropathy (“ION”), result from a sudden lack of blood flow to the eye. Eye attacks, which are usually painless, can develop quite rapidly--sometimes overnight, often with catastrophic consequences to the vision of the individual, such as a sudden and permanent loss of peripheral or central vision in one eye. The resulting visual impairment and the degree of severity usually varies from patient to patient but can include loss of the bottom half of one’s vision and difficulty with light and darkness.


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