• Vol. 39 No. 1, 66–67
  • 15 January 2010

Atypical Presentation of Central Retinal Artery Occlusion



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Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) typically presents with a retinal “cherry red spot”. In CRAO, infarction of the retinal nerve fibre layer renders the retina opaque. The fovea, where this layer is absent, retains its normal orange red colour due to perfusion from the underlying choroidal vessels, resulting in the appearance of the “cherry red spot”.

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