March 2017

Blindness Due to Giant Cell ArteritisGiant cell arteritis is the most common form of systemic vasculitis in adults, yet it often goes undiagnosed until its most common complication—acute loss of vision and permanent blindness—sends them to the emergency department. This frightening and serious event can be avoided with early treatment, but first symptoms must be recognized. It’s a task accomplished with patient education. Pharmacists who take the time to talk with older patients about a few key symptoms can help them prevent blindness due to giant cell arteritis.