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Opinion Article - Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology (2022) Ocular infections: Immunology, Pathogenesis and Interventions

An overview on the ocular myasthenia gravis and its significance.

George Elloite*

Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States

Corresponding Author:
Dr. George Elloite
Department of Ophthalmology
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
United States

Received: 25-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. AACOVS-22-56206; Editor assigned: 01-Mar-2022, PreQC No. AACOVS-22-56206(PQ); Reviewed: 15-Mar-2022, QC No AACOVS-22-56206; Revised: 21-Mar-2022, Manuscript No. AACOVS-22-56206 (R); Published: 28-Mar-2022, DOI: 10.35841/aacovs.22.6.524.

Citation: Elloite G. An overview on the ocular myasthenia gravis and its significance. J Clin Ophthalmol 2022;6(S7):524.

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Myasthenia gravis is characterised by skeletal muscular weakness that improves with rest. Repetitive contraction intensifies weakness. OMG (Ocular Myasthenia Gravis) is a subtype of MG in which the weakness is clinically confined to the EOMs (Extraocular movements), levator, and orbicularis oculi. Motility patterns are not typical of lesions of one or more nerves, as expected, due to the varied involvement of different EOMs. Ptosis and diplopia are the first symptoms of MG in more than half of individuals; 50-80 percent of these people progress to generalised condition. The majority of cases (90%) of OMG proceed to its generalised form during the first two years after onset of ocular symptoms.

Extraocular muscles (EOMs) are more typically impacted than limb muscles because twitch fibres in EOMs build tension faster and have a greater frequency of synaptic firing. As a result, they are more prone to fatigue. Furthermore, tonic muscle fibres are required to keep the gaze moving in any direction. Because this kind of fibre contains fewer ACh receptors, it is more susceptible to receptor loss or injury. Differences in the kinds of ACh receptors expressed in extraocular versus conventional skeletal muscle may lead to greater sensitivity. Furthermore, EOMs are a distinctive muscle allotype with altered gene expression, particularly those involved in the immunological response.

Eyelid manifestations

One of the most prevalent signs of MG is variable ptosis. The involvement of the Levator Palpebrae Superioris (LPS) complex is the primary cause of ptosis. It can be unilateral or bilateral, and it is frequently asymmetrical in bilateral instances. Ptosis may worsen following a prolonged upgaze, often known as the "lid fatigability test." Another clinical symptom identified is the Cogan's lid twitch, which is characterised by a fast overshooting upward movement followed by a downward drift of the upper lid after the patient has performed a saccade back to primary position after gazing down for at least 15 seconds. Cogan's lid twitch, on the other hand, is not exclusive to ocular MG. When the ptotic eyelid is raised manually, the contralateral eye's ptosis may be enhanced, as indicated by Hering's rule of equivalent innervation.

Unilateral eyelid retraction and orbicularis weakening are two more eyelid signs of OMG. Lid retraction may be found in conjunction with contralateral ptosis as a symptom of Hering's law (due to greater innervation to the ptotic eyelid), as an indication of co-existing thyroid eye illness, or as a result of post-tetanic stimulation of the LPS following prolonged upgaze. Orbicularis tone can be assessed by attempting to open the eyes against the force of forced eyelid closure, which is easy in individuals with OMG. Even without a forced opening, the eyelids tend to move apart, revealing the underlying sclerathis is known as the "peek sign."

Extraocular muscle involvement

Diplopia is highly prevalent in OMG patients because even little weakening of the EOMs induces symptomatic diplopia and because the EOMs do not adjust to varying weakness like limb muscles. Diplopia is commonly observed in conjunction with ptosis, however it can also be observed by itself. The medial rectus is the most commonly damaged EOM, followed by the superior rectus. OMG can resemble any type of comitant or incomitant strabismus, including nerve palsies, gaze palsies, unilateral or bilateral internuclear ophthalmoplegias, and even full ophthalmoplegia. OMG should be suspected clinically in any fluctuating incomitant strabismus, with or without ptosis.


OMG patients may have hypometric big saccades and hypermetric short saccades as a result of CNS adaptation to EOM weakness. These individuals may also have intrasaccadic fatigue, which is characterised by a decrease in saccadic velocity during a prolonged saccade. In rare circumstances, localized nystagmus might be seen, which is most a gaze paretic nystagmus. Most patients with OMG have normal pupillary examinations, which can be used to differentiate OMG from disorders such as pupillary third nerve palsy, Horner's syndrome, and botulism. Pupillary abnormalities have been documented in OMG, and pupillographic tests have indicated decreased pupillary constriction velocities.

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