"Crack" cocaine-induced bilateral amblyopia

Am J Emerg Med. 1993 Jan;11(1):35-7. doi: 10.1016/0735-6757(93)90055-g.


Illicit use of cocaine has been associated with adverse vascular events involving most organ systems. A case report of a 30-year-old female with acute, bilateral loss of vision after smoking "crack" cocaine is presented. Other adverse ocular manifestations of cocaine use, and the differential diagnosis of toxin-induced blindness are presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amblyopia / chemically induced*
  • Choroid Diseases / chemically induced
  • Crack Cocaine / poisoning*
  • Edema / chemically induced
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
  • Visual Acuity / drug effects


  • Crack Cocaine