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Can abscessed tooth cause vision loss?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elizabeth Holland
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

In my clinical practice, I have seen a patient that had a tooth abscess and developed inflammation in both eyes that affected his vision.
It only resolved after the tooth was fixed. If you notice any changes in the vision, you should see your eyecare provider.

In brief: Yes

In my clinical practice, I have seen a patient that had a tooth abscess and developed inflammation in both eyes that affected his vision.
It only resolved after the tooth was fixed. If you notice any changes in the vision, you should see your eyecare provider.
Dr. Elizabeth Holland
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Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes but rare

If the infection is severe enough but usually it wouldn't.

In brief: Yes but rare

If the infection is severe enough but usually it wouldn't.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dr. Kim Capehart
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Rare condition

In rare situations an abscessed tooth can cause an infection that will spread to the orbit and cause vision loss.
More common is an abscessed tooth related to uncontrolled diabetes, and it is the diabetic retinopathy causing vision loss. See your eyemd right away for any vision loss associated with unusual infections.

In brief: Rare condition

In rare situations an abscessed tooth can cause an infection that will spread to the orbit and cause vision loss.
More common is an abscessed tooth related to uncontrolled diabetes, and it is the diabetic retinopathy causing vision loss. See your eyemd right away for any vision loss associated with unusual infections.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Dr. Beth Friedland
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Dr. U Krishnan
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not usually

If the abscess causes a more invasive infection into the sinuses, it could then cause damage to some of the ocular structures (like the optic nerve); this is quite rare.
In general, dental issues don't cause ocular issues as well.

In brief: Not usually

If the abscess causes a more invasive infection into the sinuses, it could then cause damage to some of the ocular structures (like the optic nerve); this is quite rare.
In general, dental issues don't cause ocular issues as well.
Dr. U Krishnan
Dr. U Krishnan
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