Category Archives: Case of the Month

Optic Nerve Pit – February 2019

History A 45-year-old woman with no significant past medical history presenting with complaint of a shadow in the temporal visual field of the left eye that has been present for one week. Denies flashing, floaters, or curtains. She does not have any eye pain. POH: No past ocular problems PMH: No prior medical problems PSH:… Read More »


VKH – January 2019

History A 39 year old African American woman presented to the clinic with eye pain and blurred vision. She had a history of angle recession glaucoma in the left eye and unfortunately developed bleb associated endophthalmitis following trabeculectomy, leaving that eye with LP vision. Her right eye had previously done well with no signs of… Read More »


Focal Choroidal Excavation – December 2018

History A 52 year-old man was referred to Illinois Retina for suspected central serous chorioretinopathy. He has had increasing central visual distortion in his left eye for one month. Denies other symptoms, including flashes, floaters, or peripheral vision changes. Denies steroid medication use. Exam Best-corrected visual acuity is 20/20 in the right eye and 20/30… Read More »


Astrocytic Hamartoma – November 2018

History: The patient is a 10 year old boy who was referred for a stable mass in the posterior pole. The patient was first seen by the referring provider 3 years ago as a routine school evaluation and the lesion has not changed since then. He has no other medical history. He denies any vision… Read More »


West Nile – October 2018

History A 54-year-old woman with past medical history of stage III uterine carcinosarcoma, currently receiving treatment with Keytruda, who presents with new numerous floaters in both eyes for several days as well as flashing lights in the periphery of her right eye. Symptoms began two to three weeks prior, but worsened since. Of note, she… Read More »


MEWDS – September 2018

History A 34 year old man presents with blurry vision in a new “blind spot” in his left eye vision that has been present for ten days. He noticed it has slowly gotten worse. He denies flashes or floaters. His review of systems is otherwise negative except for a recent viral illness four weeks ago… Read More »


UAIM – August 2018

History 30-year-old female presenting with blurry vision in her left eye, described as a blind spot in her central vision, which has been present for about a week and has not changed since onset. She was suspected by another specialist of having myopic degeneration with a resultant choroidal neovascular membrane and subsequently underwent an intravitreal… Read More »


Putscher’s retinopathy – July 2018

History: A 40-year-old Caucasian man with a complaint of floaters in the left eye that started two weeks prior to presentation, at which time he had a seizure secondary to alcohol withdrawal while being evaluated in the emergency department for severe epigastric pain. Following stabilization, he was subsequently found to have profoundly elevated serum lipase… Read More »


Retinal Hemangiomas – June 2018

History: Patient was referred to Illinois Retina Associates for 3 years of poor vision in his right eye. He was a healthy 14-year old boy with no prior medical history. He had no history of trauma or eye surgery. Exam: Vision was hand motion in the right eye and 20/20 in the left without correction.… Read More »


West African Crystalline Dystrophy – May 2018

A 63-year-old African man presenting with complaints of intermittent flashing of the left eye which resolved spontaneously two months ago, as well as chronic blurry vision in the context of non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy. POH/PMH: Type II diabetes mellitus with known non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy, for which he takes Metformin, and hypertension which is controlled on amlodipine.… Read More »