blindness (rapid onset bilateral loss)

Last reviewed 07/2021

Possible causes of rapid onset blindness includes:

  • bilateral occipital lobe ischaemia or infarction
  • bilateral occipital lobe trauma
  • severe bilateral papilloedema
  • rapidly progressive chiasmal compression
  • bilateral optic nerve damage, e.g. methyl alcohol poisoning
  • hysteria

Sudden loss of vision is an ophthalmological emergency and requires immediate referral to the eye emergency department.