n South African Medical Journal - High-altitude corneal oedema associated with acetazolamide : scientific letter

Volume 101, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



: A healthy 37-year-old woman with no eye disorders or prior eye surgery climbed from 1 980 m to 5 681 m on Kilimanjaro. She took acetazolamide, a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, as prophylaxis against acute mountain sickness. She had no mountain sickness, but developed progressive painless blurred vision during her summit attempt on day 5. Her husband noted that her eyes looked opaque.

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