Category Archives: Case of the Month

Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy – March 2020

History A 44-year-old African-American male (who had not seen an eye provider in years) presented to Illinois Retina for a diabetic evaluation.  He complained of blurry vision for many years, but denied floaters, eye pain, redness, or any acute visual changes.  His medical history was significant for type 1 diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.  Review… Read More »


High Altitude Retinopathy – February 2020

History A 32 year old female presents with sudden vision loss in the left eye. She notes it as a grey thumb print in her left eye and noticed it while she was washing dishes. She denies any physical exertion surrounding the vision loss, but she notes that the day before she was skiing difficult… Read More »



Combined Hamartoma of Retina – November 2019

History A 23-year-old man presented with blurred vision in his right eye for the last 2-3 months.  At his last outside visit 7 months prior, he said his vision was normal and there were no findings on exam.  He denied flashes, floaters, redness, eye pain, and diplopia and had no prior ocular history, no issues… Read More »


Choroidal Melanoma – October 2019

History A 64 year old woman presents to clinic with a 2 month history of shadow in her vision. She states that over the last 6 months, she has noticed her vision worsening.  However two months ago she noticed a shadow in her vision and found that her central vision was diminished. She also reports… Read More »


Toxoplasmosis – September 2019

History A 50-year-old man presented urgently with blurred central vision in his right eye.  It had started 5 days prior and progressively worsened to the point that he felt he could barely see anything in front of his face.  The patient denied pain, redness, irritation, flashes or floaters and had no recent illness, no headaches,… Read More »


Acute Macular Neuroretinitis – August 2019

History A 42 year old female presents with one week of blurred vision in the left eye. She states that a week ago she had a “spider bite” and subsequently developed flu-like symptoms. As a result, the patient was started on doxycycline but noticed the vision change the day after the symptoms started. She has… Read More »


Tuberculosis – July 2019

History A 71 year old man presented to the Illinois Retina for baseline eye exam upon starting Ethambutol. He has no vision complaints and has no history of eye problems or eye surgery. Exam: On exam, he is 20/25 in both eyes.  His pressure is 9 and 13. His anterior segment exam displayed 1.5+ nuclear… Read More »


Multifocal Central Serous Chorioretinopathy – June 2019

History A 38-year-old man presents with complaints of blurry vision, mostly at near, in the left eye for several weeks. No known ocular problems, but did have a similar episode several years ago which resolved without intervention. POH: No past ocular problems PMH: No prior medical problems PSH: No significant past surgical history FHx: Non-contributory… Read More »


Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion – May 2019

History A 60 year old female presents with new onset “pink blob in my vision” which has been present for several weeks. She denies other episodes of vision loss. She also denies hearing loss, tinnitis headaches, weight loss, jaw claudication, fevers/chills, scalp tenderness, or muscle pain/weakness. On examination, her vision was 20/20 and IOP was… Read More »



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