Perioperative visual changes

Mary E. Warner, Paul J. Fronapfel, James R. Hebl, David C. Herman, David Oman Warner, Paul Decker, Mark A. Warner

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Background: The goal of this project was to describe the frequency and natural history of perioperative changes in vision. Methods: The authors performed a prospective evaluation of changes in visual accommodation and acuity in adult patients undergoing various surgical procedures. Patients were evaluated preoperatively and at 1 and 3 days postoperatively. For patients who had persistent blurring of vision on the third postoperative day, surveillance was extended to 1.5 yr to determine how long the visual changes persisted and if the patients required eye-care provider attention for the condition. Results: Twenty-eight of 671 patients (4.2%) reported new onset of blurred vision lasting at least 3 days after surgery. Seven of these 28 patients (1% of total) required either new corrective lens or changes in eyeglass or contact prescriptions because of persistent blurry vision. Most of the remaining patients reported resolution of blurry vision within 1 to 2 months. No significant risk factors for this problem were identified. Conclusions: In this surgical population, changes in visual acuity manifest primarily by blurred vision were reported at a surprisingly high frequency. For many of these patients, the blurring resolved within 2 months without complication, but 25% of patients who had blurred vision for 3 days or longer required visits to eye-care providers and either new corrective lens or changes in existing prescriptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-859
Number of pages5
JournalAnesthesiology
Volume96
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Visual Acuity
Prescriptions
Natural History
Ambulatory Surgical Procedures
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  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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Warner, M. E., Fronapfel, P. J., Hebl, J. R., Herman, D. C., Warner, D. O., Decker, P., & Warner, M. A. (2002). Perioperative visual changes. Anesthesiology, 96(4), 855-859. https://doi.org/10.1097/00000542-200204000-00012

Perioperative visual changes. / Warner, Mary E.; Fronapfel, Paul J.; Hebl, James R.; Herman, David C.; Warner, David Oman; Decker, Paul; Warner, Mark A.

In: Anesthesiology, Vol. 96, No. 4, 2002, p. 855-859.

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Warner, ME, Fronapfel, PJ, Hebl, JR, Herman, DC, Warner, DO, Decker, P & Warner, MA 2002, 'Perioperative visual changes', Anesthesiology, vol. 96, no. 4, pp. 855-859. https://doi.org/10.1097/00000542-200204000-00012
Warner ME, Fronapfel PJ, Hebl JR, Herman DC, Warner DO, Decker P et al. Perioperative visual changes. Anesthesiology. 2002;96(4):855-859. https://doi.org/10.1097/00000542-200204000-00012
Warner, Mary E. ; Fronapfel, Paul J. ; Hebl, James R. ; Herman, David C. ; Warner, David Oman ; Decker, Paul ; Warner, Mark A. / Perioperative visual changes. In: Anesthesiology. 2002 ; Vol. 96, No. 4. pp. 855-859.
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