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A 41-year-old member asked:

Does anyone treat optic nerve or disc drusen?

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Dr. Jack Sipperley
Ophthalmology 50 years experience
Not usuallu: If optic nerve drusen are exceptionally large and are causing severe visual field loss then there are a few surgeons who have been able to remove them with some improvement in the visual field.
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: There is no reason to treat optic nerve drusen. People who have them are completely unaware of them until an eye doctor told them they were present.

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How do you treat a swollen optic nerve?

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Dr. Aaron Haug
Neurology 14 years experience
It depends.: Treatment of a swollen optic nerve depends on the cause of the swelling. Treatment options include medications such as acetazolamide (diamox) and a surgical procedure called optic nerve sheath fenestration. Discuss your particular situation with your doctor.

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