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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 1179-1180

Scheimpflug imaging of acute myopia secondary to topiramate use

Department of Ophthalmology, Amritsar Eye Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab, India

Date of Submission01-Mar-2018
Date of Acceptance10-Apr-2018
Date of Web Publication23-Jul-2018

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Pawan Prasher
Amritsar Eye Hospital, GNDU Shopping Complex, GT Road, Amritsar, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_208_18

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Keywords: Scheimpflug, myopia, topiramate

How to cite this article:
Prasher P, Singh S. Scheimpflug imaging of acute myopia secondary to topiramate use. Indian J Ophthalmol 2018;66:1179-80

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Prasher P, Singh S. Scheimpflug imaging of acute myopia secondary to topiramate use. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2022 Aug 10];66:1179-80. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2018/66/8/1179/237323

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A 22-year-old female medical student presented with complaints of severe diminution of vision on getting up in the morning. It was associated with the formation of haloes around the lights. She had been taking tablet topiramate 50 mg once daily for 1 week for migraine headaches. On presentation, uncorrected visual acuity was finger counting at 2 feet in both eyes and manifest refraction was −13.50 Diopter (D) −1.50 D × 15° in the right eye and −13.25 D –1.50 D × 117° in the left eye. The best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 6/24 in the right eye and 6/18 in the left eye. The intraocular pressure was 17 mm of Hg in the right eye and 18 mm of Hg in the left eye. Her previous prescription was −3.75 D −0.5 D × 180° in the right eye; and −3.50 D −0.75 D × 180° in the left eye. Slit-lamp examination showed marked shallowing of the anterior chambers in both eyes; however, the pupillary reactions and fundus examination were within normal limits. Scheimpflug imaging revealed anterior chamber depth (ACD) of 1.80 mm, anterior chamber angle (ACA) of 25.6°, and anterior chamber volume (ACV) of 80 mm 3 in the right eye [Figure 1]a; and ACD of 1.78 mm, ACA of 24.4°, and ACV of 80 mm 3 in the left eye [Figure 1]b. Topiramate was discontinued, and she was prescribed topical homatropine three times daily. The acute myopia resolved after 3 days following which homatropine was discontinued. At 1 week, she had returned to her normal baseline refraction with BCVA of 6/6 in both eyes and was asymptomatic. Scheimpflug imaging showed ACD of 3.13 mm (+1.33 mm difference from presentation), ACA of 51.6° (+26° difference from presentation), ACV of 176 mm 3 (+95 mm 3 difference from presentation) in the right eye [Figure 1]c; and ACD of 3.10 mm (+1.32 mm difference from presentation), ACA of 49.5° (+25.2° difference from presentation), ACV of 177 mm 3 (+97 mm 3 difference from presentation) in the left eye [Figure 1]d. Topiramate, a sulfamate-substituted monosaccharide used in the treatment of various medical and neuropsychiatric disorders, can be associated with serious ocular side effects including acute myopia and acute angle-closure glaucoma.[1] It is believed to occur as a result of an idiosyncratic reaction to topiramate, which leads to ciliochoroidal effusion and forward displacement of lens iris diaphragm resulting in angle closure glaucoma.[2]
Figure 1: Schiempflug images show topiramate induced angle closure and marked shallowing of anterior chambers in the right (a) and left (b) eyes at presentation. Discontinuation of topiramate along with supportive treatment was associated with opening of anterior chamber angles and deepening of anterior chamber after one week in both right (c) and left (d) eyes

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  Conclusion Top

Topiramate toxicity should be suspected in patients presenting with bilateral acute myopia and angle closure. Early recognition, discontinuation of topiramate use and appropriate intervention may prevent an attack of angle-closure glaucoma in these patients.

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form, the patient has given her consent for her images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patient understands that names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

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  References Top

Gazieva L, Thomassen VH, Kaas-Hansen M, Baggesen K. Topiramate-induced acute bilateral myopia. Acta Ophthalmol 2013;91:e332-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
Craig JE, Ong TJ, Louis DL, Wells JM. Mechanism of topiramate-induced acute-onset myopia and angle closure glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol 2004;137:193-5.  Back to cited text no. 2


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