Commentary Open Access
Volume 1 | Issue 1 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.33696/Ophthalmology.1.004

Multidisciplinary Acute Care of Central Retinal Artery Occlusion with a Stroke Paradigm: A Call to Action

  • 1Department of Neurological Surgery, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
  • 2Department of Ophthalmology, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
  • 3Department of Neurology, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
  • 4Department of Radiology, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
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Corresponding Author

Stacey Q. Wolfe, sqwolfe@wakehealth.edu

Received Date: August 07, 2021

Accepted Date: August 09, 2021


Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is an ophthalmologic emergency that can result in permanent vision loss. Over 25% of CRAO are associated with acute cerebral ischemia, and there are many parallels between CRAO and acute ischemic stroke. There are no definitive treatment algorithms for CRAO, however there may be opportunities to treat CRAO as an “eye stroke”. Given the similarities to acute ischemic stroke, multidisciplinary involvement and stroke algorithms should be considered and tested for this disease.


Central retinal artery occlusion, Acute ischemic stroke, Intra-arterial thrombolysis, Clinical trial design

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