Bilateral Visual Loss After Spine Surgery in a Patient With Midfacial Trauma: A Case Report

A A Pract. 2019 Oct 15;13(8):322-324. doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000001067.


We present a case of bilateral visual loss in a patient who underwent spine surgery after sustaining a fall and trauma to her face and cervical spine. Visual loss in the right eye, not recognized until after surgery, was a result of blunt injury to the eye. Visual loss in the left eye was caused by posterior ischemic optic neuropathy, an unfortunate complication of surgery in the prone position.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls
  • Aged
  • Cervical Vertebrae / injuries
  • Cervical Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Facial Injuries / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Spinal Injuries / surgery*
  • Spine / surgery
  • Vision Disorders / etiology*