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Loss of vision is a rare complication following spinal fusion surgery, with incidence reported between 0.017 to 0.1%. All surgical procedures on the spine are usually performed in the prone position, which can put the eyes at risk for injury if excessive pressure is placed on the periorbital area for a prolonged period of time. This risk is magnified by the fact that in the prone position, direct visualization of the patient’s eyes, nose, and mouth by the anesthesiologist and the surgeon is more difficult.  (Reference: Patil et al.)


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