Visual recovery from radiation-induced optic neuropathy. The role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy

J Clin Neuroophthalmol. 1993 Jun;13(2):98-101.


Optic neuropathy resulting in permanent visual loss is an infrequent delayed complication of radiation therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) has been used to treat such a complication, but its efficacy is controversial. We report a patient who presented with radiation-induced optic neuropathy 17 months after irradiation for a left maxillary antrum melanoma. HBO fully reversed visual loss in the more recently involved eye, and slightly improved vision in the earlier affected eye.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Maxillary Sinus Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Melanoma / radiotherapy
  • Middle Aged
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / etiology
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / therapy*
  • Radiation Injuries / etiology
  • Radiation Injuries / therapy*
  • Radiotherapy / adverse effects
  • Visual Acuity
  • Visual Fields