Transient visual loss
"I briefly lost vision after quickly getting up” is something which we all experienced. Mostly this is entirely normal. “I briefly lost vision in one eye whilst driving” can be a warning sign for a life threatening stroke. In both situations the doctor needs to think of a vascular cause. The workshop will cover the spectrum of conditions which can give rise to these symptoms. This will be illustrated with interactive case presentations. You will learn to separate non-embolic from embolic aetiologies by taking a structured history. This is essential for triage of “high risk” patients for urgent management. Likewise the approach will help with treatment of the large number of patients who have frequent attacks of transient visual loss which are not at risk for a stroke.
Axel Petzold graduated from the Medical University of Freiburg, Germany. He received his MD in Experimental Ophthalmology also at the University of Freiburg, and his PhD in Biochemistry at the University College London. He was trained as a neurologist in France (Lyon), Germany (Munich) and the United Kingdom (London).
He works as a neuro-ophthalmologist in Amsterdam (Amsterdam University Medical Centres) and London ( Moorfields Eye Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery). All clinics are done jointly with an ophthalmologist because the interface between neurology and ophthalmology can be quite complex and continues to evolve. The teams are supported by weekly neuro-radiology meetings which also helps with teaching and research.