While ophthalmic manifestations of lupus are common, a myopic shift is a rare manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). An acute myopic shift is defined as a progressive worsening of nearsighted vision within a short time frame. Here, we describe the unique presentation of a young woman with a lupus-induced acute myopic shift. The patient presented with blurry vision and bleeding gums with a previous abnormal lymph node biopsy to rule out ocular lymphoma or leukemia. Her baseline prescription prior to coming in was -4.0D in both eyes. Upon exam, she presented with vision worsening: -7.0D in the right eye and -8.2D in the left eye. After completing blood laboratory tests, it became clear that she had pancytopenia, kidney damage, and elevated inflammatory markers pointing towards lupus. A diagnosis of acute binocular myopic shift induced by systemic lupus erythematosus was made.
Keywords: lupus nephritis; myopic shift; nephritis; periorbital edema; systemic lupus erythematosus.
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