Case of the Month

The Case of the Month shares a spectrum of challenging and unique retinal cases seen by physicians at Illinois Retina Associates. The cases range from diagnostic dilemmas to rare conditions to cases highlighting advances in retinal imaging. They provide a platform for education for retinal specialists and primary eye care providers alike. We welcome your feedback.

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

Maternally Inherited Diabetes and Deafness – January 2020

History A 62-year-old Hispanic female presented to clinic with a complaint of blurred vision for two months. She also noted intermittent flashes in both eyes, but no floaters.  She had no eye pain, no redness, no floaters, no curtain, no veil, and no recent trauma.  Her medical history was significant for type 2 diabetes mellitus, ...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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