Case Report

Bilateral Optic Neuritis After Bee Sting


  • Yusuf Türkyilmaz
  • Haluk Esgin

Received Date: 10.12.2012 Accepted Date: 15.05.2013 Turk J Ophthalmol 2014;44(1):72-74

Corneal edema, hyphema, lens dislocation, iris atrophy, cataract and glaucoma cases due to bee sting are frequently reported. Optic neuropathy developing after a bee sting is rarely reported. A 46-year-old man applied to our clinic with visual loss. He had a history of transient loss of consciousness and bilateral severe visual loss after a bee sting 10 days ago. His first diagnosis was myocardial infarction and coronary angiography was applied in a private hospital; the angiography was found normal. In our clinic, his best-corrected visual acuity was 0.5 in the right eye and 0.7 in the left eye. The diagnosis was bilateral optic neuritis, and 64 mg/day oral methylprednisolone treatment was applied. Visual acuity improved to 1.0 in both eyes 39 days later. Optic neuritis due to bee sting is a rare case that can cause severe visual loss and responds well to systemic corticosteroid treatment.

Keywords: Bee sting, optic neuritis, corticosteroid treatment

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