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Doctor insights on: Bilateral Optic Neuritis Causes

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What causes optic neuritis?

What causes optic neuritis?

MS and idiopathic: Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerves that presents with vision loss, pain with eye movement & "fading vision" when a person gets hot (like in the shower). It is most commonly associated with ms- multiple sclerosis - especially in women. Other causes are idiopathic (we don't know) and rarely from autoimmune diseases such as lupus or infections such as lyme's disease, TB or syphilis. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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Optic Neuritis (Definition)

Optic neuritis is a condition in which there is swelling of the optic nerve, the main nerve in the eye. Common symptoms include having sudden reduced vision or loss of vision in the affected eye and pain upon moving the eye. Some causes of optic neuritis are various ...Read more


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Could uv/sunlight cause optic neuritis?

No: There is no scientific evidence that this can happen from uv radiation. Focus uv radiation can cause retinal disease. ...Read more

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Could optic neuritis be caused by child abuse?

Could optic neuritis be caused by child abuse?

Probably not: Child abuse, especially the shaken baby syndrome, causes significant damage in the eye, . Mostly retinal disruption with bleeding and loss of vision. The optic nerve is in a well protected canal and would only be damaged in these circumstances if the trauma were so great that the bones around the nerve were fractured although this would not be called optic neuritis, but just traumatic damage. ...Read more

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How long does optic neuritis last when there is no underlying cause? Is two weeks after diagnoses too late to start steroids?

How long does optic neuritis last when there is no underlying cause? Is two weeks after diagnoses too late to start steroids?

Get treated: There is ALWAYS a cause for optic neuritis, and it should be treated. Best approach is to use intravenous methylprednisolone, or intramuscular ACTHAR. But if not treated, your outcome is likely permanent loss of vision. See ophthalmologist or neurologist and get this addressed ASAP ...Read more

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Ophtamo couldn't find anything wrong, went in cause my vision fluctuates and colors change,he did blood sugar test ,even tested for optic neuritis?

Ophtamo couldn't find anything wrong, went in cause my vision fluctuates and colors change,he did blood sugar test ,even tested for optic neuritis?

2nd opinion: Time to get another opinion. Some symptoms are fleeting and not easily picked up in one visit. Dr. Milne is an excellent ophthalmologist in Silver Springs, MD. ...Read more

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Is optic neuritis always caused by multiple sclerosis?

Not always: But, if there is but one MRI white matter lesion associated with optic neuritis, about 75% of pts have developed clinically definite ms by 14 years. In other words, you may need followup for a period of time if you have suffered optic neuritis. Find an experienced ms specialized neurologist and discuss your situation. ...Read more

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Is optic neuritis sometimes caused by multiple sclerosis?

Is optic neuritis sometimes caused by multiple sclerosis?

No: Though optic neuritis might be the first presentation in someone who will develop ms, there are many times when it is simply optic neuritis. A thorough history and examination by a neurologist can help address for you whether you might already have ms, or simply optic neuritis. ...Read more

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What can cause optic neuritis in a healthy 17 year old girl?

Mostly demyelinating: There are multiple possible causes. While almost always demyelinating, other causes include lyme's disease, sle, sarcoidosis, and pseudotumor cerebrii. There are an number of causes for demyelination including post-infectious (adem) and multiple sclerosis. There are also some nutritional causes. The best way to determine the cause in a healthy young woman is to see a neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Glusker
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Neuritis (Definition)

Neuritis describes any condition where there is inflammation of a nerve or nerves, which may cause weakness, ...Read more