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Ocular ischemic syndrome: recent trends in medical management

Hazin, Ribhia; Daoud, Yassine Jb; Khan, Faisalc

Current Opinion in Ophthalmology: November 2009 - Volume 20 - Issue 6 - p 430–433
doi: 10.1097/ICU.0b013e3283313d38
Neuro-ophthalmology: Edited by Robert C. Sergott

Purpose of review To summarize general concepts of ocular ischemic syndrome (OIS), and present current scientific developments in delineating the pathogenesis and treatment of this disorder.

Recent findings Recent studies suggest that OIS is associated with a significant risk of cerebrovascular, ocular, and systemic morbidity.

Summary OIS is a serious blinding condition that occurs in the setting of carotid artery occlusion. Restoration of arterial perfusion and early diagnosis are critical for preserving visual function and reducing the risk of devastating ocular complications.

aHarvard University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

bDuke University Eye Center, USA

cDivision of Neurology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Correspondence to Faisal Khan, MD, Neurodiagnostic and Sleep Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center, 10119 US 59 Road, Wharton, TX 77488-7224, USA e-mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.