Management of Visual Dysfunction in Patients with Parkinson's Disease

Joseph Savitt, Rachid Aouchiche

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Parkinson's disease (PD) is a movement disorder with many symptoms responsive to treatment with dopamine agonists, anti-cholinergics and the dopamine precursor, levodopa. The cardinal features of PD include tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and postural instability. There also are non-motor features that include sleep disorders, cognitive and affective dysfunction, hyposmia, pain and dysautonomia (constipation, bloating, orthostasis, urinary symptoms, sexual dysfunction, dysphagia). Among these non-motor features are signs and symptoms of visual system impairment that range from subtle examination findings to those causing severe disability. In this review we describe common PD-related abnormalities in the visual system, how they present, and potential treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S49-S56
JournalJournal of Parkinson's Disease
Issue numbers1
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Parkinson's disease
  • diplopia
  • dry eye
  • hallucination
  • vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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