University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Central Retinal Artery Occlusion (CRAO)

Contributor: David Phillips, MD

Photographer: Andrea Starkweather

This middle-aged male presented with an abrupt decrease in vision in the right eye 4 days prior. Note the retinal whitening, classic cherry red spot, and scatted cotton wool spots. The OCT shows inner retinal edema in the right eye (OD) compared to the normal retinal OCT in the left (OS). Also note the delayed filling of the macular arteries on the fluorescein angiogram.

Right Eye

Right Eye Left Eye
Right Eye Showing inner retinal edema Left eye showing normal OCT

fluorescein angiograph showing delayed filling

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last updated: 10/23/2014