University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
(Pseudotumor Cerebri)

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.

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last updated: 2/4/2015
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