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Doctor insights on: Buried Optic Nerve Drusen

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Does anyone treat optic nerve or disc drusen?

Does anyone treat optic nerve or disc drusen?

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. ...Read more

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Drusen (Definition)

Drusen are small yellow or white deposits of material that build up between the retina and the retinal pigment epithelium of the eye (beneath the retina). It is normal for people to have some drusen in the eye, usually after age 40. Drusen in the macula increase the risk for age-related macular degeneration, especially when they are large in size and number and ...Read more


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Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?

Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?

Disc Drusen: I am not aware of any association between optic nerve drusen and sudden unilateral vision loss from a vascular event. A vascular event should be evaluated and treated the same as if the disc drusen were not there. ...Read more

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Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?

Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?

Not typical!: Optic nerve he'd drusens are associated with field loss sometimes, but they are chronic and stable. I am not aware of them being associated with sudden loss. Look for a different cause! depending on the that, it may or may not be reversible (most likely not). ...Read more

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I am a commercial pilot and was diagnosed with optic nerve drusen or better calcium spots on the optic nerve which affecting my left eye need help pls?

Optic disc drusen: Optic nerve head drusen are visible during an eye examination, and in some cases may cause some loss of peripheral vision. Visual field testing and optical coherence tomography can determine the extent of any problem, and then can be monitored over time. These tests can be performed by an ophthalmologist. Sometimes disc drusen are associated with retinal problems, but not macular degeneration. ...Read more

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Explain the optic nerve?

Explain the optic nerve?

Visual cable: The optic nerve, the head of which is described in the back of the eye by your ophthalmologist as the disc, is the cable carrying visual information into the brain where it ends up in the occipital lobe and interpreted as vision. It contains over 1.2 million fibers as well as supporting elements.A truly amazing nerve. ...Read more

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Function of the optic nerve?

Function of the optic nerve?

Optic nerve: The optic nerve carries the signal from the retina to the brain. ...Read more

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What's an elevated optic nerve?

Nerve swelling: Elevated optic nerve means one which which protrudes from the optic disc in back of the eye. This may developmental, or related to eye shape, or to swelling of optic nerve. Ask your ophthalmologist to explain these possibilities to you--it's part of his/her responsibility--i.e., education, instead of baffling you with medicalese. ...Read more

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What could block the optic nerve ?

What could block the optic nerve ?

Many causes: The optic nerve can be affected by trauma, infection, vascular occlusion, tumors in the optic canal or on the pituitary, or inflammatory processes like multiple sclerosis. If there is a sudden change in the vision, which is a hallmark of optic nerve dysfunction, see your ophthalmologist right away. ...Read more

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What exactly is a tilted optic nerve?

What exactly  is a tilted optic nerve?

Tilted: Most optic nerves enter the eye straight on, like a cable pushed into a styrofoam ball perpendicular to the surface. In some eyes, the optic nerve enters at an angle, leading to a tilted appearance. This occurs most commonly in nearsighted people (myopes). ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


Optic Nerve (Definition)

The optic nerve receives input from the retina and transmits information to the optic chasm and ultimately the occipital lobe of brain so that images can be ...Read more