To report a case of cilioretinal artery occlusion (CRAO) with central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) after a journey to high altitude region and the use of late period hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy successfully. A previously healthy 48-year-old lowlander woman was admitted to our department for sudden blurred vision in her right eye started at 2 weeks prior to examination. The patient had a history of 1-month exposure to high altitude that finished a day before the onset of her complaints. The best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 10/20 in the right eye (RE) and 10/10 in the left eye. Fundus examination of the RE revealed whitening of the retina along the distribution of cilioretinal artery, sparing fovea, flame-shaped hemorrhages, and roth spots with minimally dilated and tortuous retinal veins. Visual field analysis revealed centrocecal scotoma. The patient was treated by a daily session of 2 h of HBO at 2.5 atmosphere absolute for 11 days. BCVA rised to a level of 20/20 for the RE and the scotomas were disappeared immediately after using of the HBO treatment. CRVO related CRAO should be regarded as a rare complication of exposure to high altitude and HBO seems to be the treatment of choice of high altitude related co-occurence of CRVO and CRAO in the late period.
Gokce, Metin, Erdem, Sobaci, Durukan, Cagatay, Ekinci, , (2014). Late hyperbaric oxygen treatment of cilioretinal artery occlusion with nonischemic central retinal vein occlusion secondary to high altitude. High altitude medicine & biology, 2014 Apr;15(1):84-8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24673536