Category: Volume 1, Issue 2

PHOTO ESSAY: Unilateral Christmas Tree Cataract

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A Christmas tree cataract is a rare, unique form of lens opacity. It typically appears as a group of several highly refractile colorful opacities that resemble ornaments decorating a Christmas tree, giving rise to its descriptive name. They are usually asymptomatic and discovered on routine examination. This case describes a patient with a Christmas tree cataract in the right eye.

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Editor’s Column #2

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As the Journal of Medical Optometry grows, I’m struck by the desire of so many of us to publish our work for the benefit of our peers. There is no shortage of submissions for publication; there is a demand by medical optometrists to have a space to call our own. I think we all benefit from this. The author benefits from being motivated to dig deeper into a case, into a disease. The reader benefits by being able to take away a better understanding of a condition they could easily see in their chair tomorrow. And, of course, the patient benefits when the field increases its shared knowledge.

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Atypical optic neuritis resulting in a diagnosis of MOGAD

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The most common systemic cause of optic neuritis continues to be multiple sclerosis.1 However, within the past decade other less common causes have been identified, such as neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder and myelin oligodendrocyte antibody-associated disease. Previously, patients presenting with these conditions were likely grouped into having multiple sclerosis. Today, thankfully, advancements in laboratory testing and increased knowledge of the central nervous system have allowed them to be identified as distinct nosological entities. Identifying the cause of optic neuritis has many important implications, namely the ability to give an accurate prognosis, both visually and systemically.

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Dr. Provost graduated from New England College of Optometry in 2022 and then completed an ocular disease residency at VA…
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