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what are the common symptoms of optic atrophy?

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Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Blindness: The optic nerve is what lets you see. The more it atrophies, the more vision you lose.
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Vision loss: Optic atrophy is the result of neuron cell death, with resultant loss of vision. The more loss of neurons, the more vision loss. Optic atrophy is a clinical sign, not a diagnosis, as many optic nerve diseases may lead to neuronal degeneration (atrophy) and vision loss.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How is optic atrophy type 1 inherited?

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Dr. William Herrera
Neurology 39 years experience
Autosomal dominant: Optic atrophy type 1 (opa1, or kjer type optic atrophy) causes a slow loss of vision in both eyes beginning in early childhood which varies but is usually moderate, so that it seldom causes total blindness. It is inherited in an autosomal dominant way, so usually either one or the other parent of the affected person also has the condition, though spontaneous mutation may also occur and cause it.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the effect of optic atrophy?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Visual loss: Causes include hereditary problems such as leber's, acquired as optic neuritis assoc with multiple sclerosis, vitamin deficiencies, decreased blood flow to the eye. The term atrophy refers to the result of a prior problem, and can cause decreased visual acuity or even frank blindness. Many of the causes can be treated or reversed. Visit an ophthalmologist or retinal specialist, at least.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What symptoms does leber's hereditary optic atrophy cause?

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Dr. Ian Stein
Dr. Ian Stein answered
Neurology 21 years experience
Vision loss: It is a hereditary form of vision loss.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Does lasik help people with optic atrophy?

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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
No: Lasik is done on the front part of the eye called the cornea, optic atrophy is a problem with the optic nerve. These are two completely separate areas in the eye. It would be like trying to fix a twisted ankle by putting a cast on your arm.
Dr. Mark Sibley
Dr. Mark Sibley commented
LASIK Surgery 45 years experience
Lasik does not treat or improve eye problems except treating the glasses prescription (near or far sight, astigmatism) & this treatment helps in reducing/eliminating thick glasses or contacts .Now here is where a ''yes'' answer could be a possible answer.If the new clearer vision from the lasik allows the eye with the optic atrophy to see the image clearer than before, then Lasik would have helped
Jul 29, 2015
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for optic atrophy?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Mostly no: Most forms of optic atrophy cannot be treated. If associated with multiple sclerosis, steroid infusions can help. If caused by thyroid nerve compression, then treatment of the orbital compression can reverse the atrophy. Sometimes it occurs in associated with long standing elevation of spinal fluid pressure and will improve if the pressure is relieved. A neuro-ophthalmologist can advise you.

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