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Visual Side Effects of Dermal Fillers

The October 2012 issue of the America Journal of Ophthalomology reports that retinal artery occlusion (RAO) can be a side effect of the improper use of dermal fillers that are used to treat frown lines and laugh lines.  Twelve patients with sudden vision loss after filler injections were studied and it was found that retinal artery occlusion with choroidal ischemia was the most prevalent finding and led to permanent vision loss in some patients.  This is not the norm, however it should be noted and discussed with your physician as the consequescences can be vision threatening.

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