Hyperbaric oxygen found to be Effective for treatment of non
A Study was conducted t o compare the visual outcome of patients treated for non-arteritic central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) in a medical centre that uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) as part of the standard of care (SOC) to medical centres that does not.

The study included data from two tertiary medical centres. The medical records of all patients diagnosed with non-arthritic CRAO without a patent cilioretinal artery were reviewed.

--121 patients were treated by HBOT and 23 patients received only SOC.

--In the HBOT group, best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) improved from 2.89±0.98 logMAR at presentation to 2.15±1.07 logMAR upon the end of HBOT, while the SOC group had no significant improvement, from 3.04±0.82 logMAR at presentation to 2.80±1.50 logMAR.

--With adjustment for age, gender, and the duration of symptoms, final BCVA in the HBOT group was significantly better compared to the control group.

--Rates of patients achieving vision of 20/200 or better were similar between groups (17.4% vs. 19.8%).

Finally, it enhances final visual results by using HBOT as part of the SOC for CRAO. If available, HBOT in all tertiary medical centers is secure and can be deployed in the SOC.

Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41433-021-01617-8?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+eye/rss/current+(Eye+-+Issue)