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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 83-84

Psychogenic blindness as a rare cause of presumed vision loss

Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Sandra C Ganesh
Aravind Eye Hospital, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore - 641 014, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_118_20

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A 12-year-old girl presented with unilateral, sudden painless loss of vision for the past 2 days. Ocular examination was normal. Optical coherence tomography, visually evoked potential, and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and orbits were normal. With no organic cause found for vision loss, psychiatrist opinion was sought. After evaluation, she was diagnosed to have psychogenic blindness and treated with psychotherapy. When findings are inconsistent and no organic etiology can be diagnosed for the vision loss, psychogenic blindness is suspected and prompt referral to a psychiatrist is essential for complete recovery.

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