Care of the eye during anaesthesia and intensive care

 O’Driscoll, A. & White, E. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. Published online: November 26 2016

B0004383 Distorted reflection of an eye

Image source: Dianne Harris – Wellcome Images // CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 

Perioperative eye injuries and blindness are rare but important complications of anaesthesia. The three causes of postoperative blindness are ischaemic optic neuropathy, central retinal artery thrombosis (these can exist in tandem and have been described as ischaemic oculopathies) and cortical blindness.

This review aims to improve anaesthetists’ knowledge of orbital anatomy, ocular physiology and the mechanisms of perioperative eye injuries to help reduce their occurrence.

Read the abstract here

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