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Doctor insights on: Bilateral Optic Atrophy

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Syndrome of optic atrophy?

Syndrome of optic atrophy?

Optic nerve damage: Optic atrophy refers to changes in the appearance of the optic nerve. The optic disc (where the optic nerve enters the eye) appears pale or whitish vs. The normal pink color. The presence of optic atrophy means there is damage to the optic nerve. This can occur with many different diseases (except glaucoma). The degree of visual loss depends on the severity of the optic nerve damage. ...Read more

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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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What caused my optic atrophy?

What caused my optic atrophy?

Birth defect. MS: Optic atrophy occurs whenever the nerve or blood supply to the main optic nerve is disrupted. This can be present at birth, is associated with some inherited diseases and can occurs in adults after trauma, blood vessel dysfunction, multiple sclerosis and occasionally with no identifiable cause. See your neuro-ophthalmolgist to sort this out. ...Read more

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What is the effect of optic atrophy?

OPTIC ATROPHY: Dominant optic atrophy: most patients have no associated neurologic abnormalities, although nystagmus and hearing loss have been reported. The only symptom is slowly progressive bilateral vision loss, usually mild until late in life there are multiple types and etiologies of optic nerve atrophy. ...Read more

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How is optic atrophy type 1 inherited?

How is optic atrophy type 1 inherited?

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. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of optic atrophy?

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. ...Read more

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Any treatment on optic atrophy?

Any treatment on optic atrophy?

Sometimes: Optic atrophy associated with multiple sclerosis, thyroid compression and cerebral spinal fluid elevation can respond to proper therapy. Most others might improve spontaneously but do not respond to treatment. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for optic atrophy?

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. ...Read more

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Optic atrophy cause for surgery?

Optic atrophy cause for surgery?

Usually not: Optic atrophy is due to a disruption of the structure of the optic nerve or its blood supply which leads to lowered vision and in the worst cases loss of all vision. There is no known surgical treatment for this condition and unfortunately few medical options as well. Consult with a neuro-ophthalmologist for a discussion of this condition. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of optic atrophy in glaucoma?

What are the symptoms of optic atrophy in glaucoma?

Glaucoma is sneaky!: Glaucomatous optic atrophy typically has very little to no symptoms until very late in the course of the disease. This is why many patient don't take glaucoma seriously until the vision worsens, then it is too late. Late symptoms would be poor or dim vision. Poor night vision. ...Read more

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Why isn't congenital optic atrophy optical nerve not developed?

Why isn't congenital optic atrophy optical nerve not developed?

Most idiopathic: Most cases do not have a cause. Some cases are associated with CNS (brain problems such as genetic or idiopathic causes), some are genetic such as leber's disease and rarely can be due to maternal diabetes and drug use. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any treatment on optic atrophy?

Not really: Optic atrophy is a condition in which the main nerve from the eye to the brain, loses its ability to transmit visual information to the brain. When the ophthalmologist looks at the nerve it will look pale white. When a nerve gets to the state, there is no treatment known as the nerve is essentially functionless. ...Read more

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Does lasik help people with optic atrophy?

Does lasik help people with optic atrophy?

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. ...Read more

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How can you prevent optic atrophy if you have ms?

How can you prevent optic atrophy if you have ms?

See below: Disease modifying therapies lessen the frequency and extent of immune cell attacks in the central nervous system. However, optic atrophy can occur after a bout of optic neuritis, or even in the partner (uneffected) eye over time. Be sure to have your vision monitored routinely, including visual fields and also oct testing of the optic nerve. ...Read more

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How long to develop optic atrophy after avulsion of optic nerve?

How long to develop optic atrophy after avulsion of optic nerve?

It depends: If there is a total avulsion of the optic nerve then the vision is nlp(no light perception) and the atrophy will occur within a few weeks. If the avulsion is partial them the atrophy may be restricted to the fibers that were severed. ...Read more

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In open angle glaucoma is optic atrophy a symptom of glaucoma attacking the central vision?

Glaucoma: when glaucoma attacks the optic nerve the initial loss is usually peripheral vision. If not controled the loss will increase and proceed to involve the central vision. ...Read more

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Can stem cell therapy treat optic atrophy?

Can stem cell therapy treat optic atrophy?

Stem cells: Adult stem cells have helped Leukemia, lymphoma. We have been using limbal stem cell transplants in eye surgery for years with excellent results. See eyedoc2020@blogspot.com. Stem cell injections are now being used to treat painful joints (shoulders, hips, etc) Still there are few published studies proving its benefit in some of these conditions. No published study saying cures optic atrophy yet ...Read more

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