Abstract:

Considerable enthusiasm has been raised in the past about the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) in various diseases, usually otherwise untreatable. Recently, special attention has been drawn on its hypothetical beneficial effects on multiple sclerosis (MS). We have witnessed a rare, though known, side-effect of HBO on a patient suffering from MS. She developed an acute, bilateral, centro-caecal scotoma, from which she slowly recovered several days after. The forementioned case led us to a review of the literature concerning: Various attempts to employ HBO in ophthalmology Side-effects of oxygen on eye and vision Possible mechanisms of ocular toxicity of oxygen. It appears from this review that we should be extremely cautious about using HBO on MS patients, particularly able to develop such side-effects.

Lambrou, Kopferschmitt, Jaeger, Brini, , , , , (1987). [Slowly reversible central scotoma: iatrogenic effect of hyperbaric oxygenation in the treatment of multiple sclerosis].¬†Journal francais d’ophtalmologie, 1987 ;10(1):51-9.¬†https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3598057