Is vision loss caused by giant cell arteritis (GCA) (temporal arteritis) reversible?

Updated: Sep 10, 2020
  • Author: Mythili Seetharaman, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Vision damage that occurs before initiation of therapy is often irreversible, [43] especially in patients who have other ischemic complications. [44] In patients whose vision loss is initially unilateral, the second eye may become affected even after the initiation of treatment (possibly because those vessels have already been affected by arteritis) in 6-13% of patients. [45]

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