Interesting case of sudden unilateral blindness in a teenager: role of psychological intervention in psychogenic visual loss


  • Motssim S. Halawani Department of Family Medicine, University of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Monocular blindness, Non organic, Psychogenic blindness


Visual loss complaints are commonly encountered by treating physicians, neurologist and ophthalmologists. More specifically a presentation of non-organic (psychogenic) blindness is less frequently seen but does exist and requires proper evaluation and specific skills for it to be properly managed. This case is of a 19 years old male who presented with acute monocular blindness post trauma whom he also had past psychiatric history. Post thorough assessment, no organic cause was identified, and a diagnosis of psychogenic blindness was made. Psychological therapy was beneficial in aiding return of his vision.


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