Bilateral complete optic atrophy and hemorrhagic infarction of the putamen caused by methanol intoxication

Ann Ophthalmol (Skokie). Fall 2007;39(3):249-52. doi: 10.1007/s12009-007-0038-1.


Methanol is a potent toxic substance for the optic nerves. Even small amounts of ingested methanol can acute permanent neurological dysfunction and irreversible blindness. Methanol intoxication can cause severe visual dysfunction and death. We present a case of a 25 years old admitted to our clinic with bilateral optical atrophy after drinking eau de cologne.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnosis
  • Cerebral Infarction / etiology*
  • Fundus Oculi
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Methanol / poisoning*
  • Optic Atrophy / diagnosis
  • Optic Atrophy / etiology*
  • Putamen*
  • Suicide, Attempted
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Methanol