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Eyes and stroke: the visual aspects of cerebrovascular disease
  1. John H Pula1,
  2. Carlen A Yuen2
  1. 1 Department of Neurology, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  2. 2 Department of Neurology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr John H Pula; jpula12009{at}


A large portion of the central nervous system is dedicated to vision and therefore strokes have a high likelihood of involving vision in some way. Vision loss can be the most disabling residual effect after a cerebral infarction. Transient vision problems can likewise be a harbinger of stroke and prompt evaluation after recognition of visual symptoms can prevent future vascular injury. In this review, we discuss the visual aspects of stroke. First, anatomy and the vascular supply of the visual system are considered. Then, the different stroke syndromes which involve vision are discussed. Finally, topics involving the assessment, prognosis, treatment and therapeutic intervention of vision-specific stroke topics are reviewed.

  • Vision
  • Stroke
  • Amaurosis Fugax
  • Homonymous hemianopia
  • Diplopia

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  • Contributors JHP has written half of the manuscript, performed the proofing, researched the topics and approved the final manuscript. CAY has also written half of the manuscript as well as researching the topics and providing a literature review and approved the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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