New Report Links Dermal Fillers to Permanent Vision Loss10:10 PM
Cosmetic injections and fillers are old news at this point -- we all know that they are commonplace among Hollywood's aging stars, and they have become routine enough in the general population that no one bats an eye at a little Botox or the idea of a lunch-hour cosmetic filler. But just because dermal injections are increasingly popular (a reported 2.2 million cosmetic injections were performed last year alone in the US!), doesn't mean they are without risk. A new report published in this month's JAMA (Journal of the America Medical Association) links 3 cases of dermal filler injections with central retinal artery occlusion, an ocular condition that results in permanent vision loss.
|Most dermal fillers are tested and approved for use around|
the nose and mouth. In all three reported cases of central
retinal artery occlusion with injection, the site of injection
was the forehead--an "off-label" site that is commonly
preformed at this time, but may be more tightly
regulated against in future. via
|Lack of oxygen causes a whitening of the retinal tissue, causing the macula|
to appear darker red due to contrast (called "cherry red spot" macula).
Note also the attentuation (narrowing) of the arteries and veins
and the whitening of the optic nerve where it has also suffered cell death