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Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy After Dental Extraction

Kravitz, Elizabeth, BSA; Foroozan, Rod, MD

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology: March 2019 - Volume 39 - Issue 1 - p 14–17
doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000711
Original Contribution

Background: While often idiopathic, anterior ischemic optic neuropathy occasionally may occur from an identifiable cause.

Methods: Observational case report.

Results: A 19-year-old woman with unremarkable medical and ophthalmic histories developed visual loss from nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy in her right eye after otherwise uneventful dental extraction of the inferior third molars.

Conclusions: Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy may rarely occur after dental extraction. Potential pathophysiologic mechanisms of this rare occurrence are discussed.

Address correspondence to Rod Foroozan, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 1977 Butler Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030; E-mail:

From the Baylor College of Medicine (EK, RF), Houston, Texas.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2019 by North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society