Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Michael Wall, M.D.
The University of Iowa
Department of Neurology and
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
How is visual loss prevented?
The best way to prevent visual loss is to test vision regularly with a visual field examination called perimetry. Patients should be followed frequently with tests of vision until the doctor is confident that there is no vision loss occurring. Vision testing should then be done once or twice a year or whenever new symptoms occur. Unfortunately, IIH is a life-long disease and tends to occur during periods of weight gain. The symptoms though are very treatable and, if treatment is started early enough, the vision loss is reversible.
Medical Treatment of IIH (intended audience: physicians only)
Return to IIH Index
- What causes idiopathic intracranial hypertension?
- What are the typical symptoms of IIH?
- How is the diagnosis of IIH made?
- What is the relationship between optic nerve swelling and visual loss?
- How is IIH treated?
- How is IIH treated: The Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Treatment Trial
- How is visual loss prevented?
- Medical Treatment of IIH (written for physicians only)
- Selected References