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July 1987

Optic Nerve Decompression

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(7):889. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060070025008

To the Editor.  —In their article, Hupp et al1 reviewed their experience with retrobulbar optic nerve decompression in a variety of clinical settings. The longest follow-up period in their series was nine years. In their review of the literature, they referred to a case of pseudotumor cerebri in which we reported successful reversal of visual loss following bilateral optic nerve decompression.2 We are now able to provide follow-up information 13 years later. Although the patient was an extremely poor complier in terms of medications and weight reduction and despite persistently raised intracranial pressure, she had visual acuities of 20/25 OU with full kinetic visual fields when last seen, in April 1986. Both discs were flat and pink with very mild blurring of the nasal margins and some residual venous tortuosity. This excellent long-term result confirms our belief that optic nerve decompression is valuable in protecting visual function in

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