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Can severe stress be a contributing factor to my optic neuritis? I have gone blind in my left eye

Can severe stress be a contributing factor to my optic neuritis? I have gone blind in my left eye

Possibly: Optic neuritis has a variable course, and can be "set off" by many different factors. Stress releases certain chemicals that have multiple effects, but can increase inflammation. I recommend you see your eye doctor or neurologist to discuss your concerns. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...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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Could uv/sunlight cause optic neuritis?

Could uv/sunlight cause optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis & sun: No, sunlight normally affects the cornea and the lens, and sometimes nonvisual surfaces of the eye. Sunlight does not cause optic neuritis. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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I had episodes of optic neuritis I really don't know why it keeps coming back. I know what causes it but still. It happen on both eyes.?

Neuroophthalmologist: It is important that this be evaluated by your closest neuro-ophthalmologist. There is treatment for this although cure is still elusive. Sometimes a neurologist especially with expertise in ms can handle this. There is much that has improved in recent years in the management of optic neuritis so don't delay in getting help. ...Read more

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Can optic neuritis possibly cause protrusion of the affected eye?

Can optic neuritis possibly cause protrusion of the affected eye?

No: Unilateral exophthalmos, protrusion of one eye, is most likely a result of thyroid disease. Other causes include inflammation ANS infection of tissues or sinuses around the eye and rarely tumors of the tissues around the eye, the optic nerve and the eye. ...Read more

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I recently had a course of iv steroids (solumedrol) for optic neuritis caused by multiple sclerosis. When can I expect my vision to get better?

I recently had a course of iv steroids (solumedrol) for optic neuritis caused by multiple sclerosis. When can I expect my vision to get better?

Varies: Usually a few weeks but sometimes faster and sometimes slower and potentially with some residual deficits. ...Read more

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I had Scleritis and Keratitis for 6 months last year and was treated. Now I may have Optic Neuritis and an MRI is scheduled. What can cause all 3?

I had Scleritis and Keratitis for 6 months last year and was treated. Now I may have Optic Neuritis and an MRI is scheduled. What can cause all 3?

Common Dz for all 3?: There is no one single disease process that links all 3 of those problems together under one roof that I'm aware of. Scleritis and keratitis....sure, why not. But ON is a totally different entity and is really the sine qua non for demyelinating disorders such as MS and other problems; Devic's Disease, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Went to Dr have MRI scheduled for possible Optic Neuritis. Can this also be the cause of intermittent hearing loss and facial tingling on same side?

Went to Dr have MRI scheduled for possible Optic Neuritis. Can this also be the cause of intermittent hearing loss and facial tingling on same side?

Related: The underlying cause may be causing you other symptoms. First on the list would be multiple sclerosis. You need work up, which it sounds as if they are doing with MRI. ...Read more

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I had a bad case of optic neuritis in my eye a year ago w/ ms. I notice that pupil is almost always dilated larger still. Normal? Or cause for concern

I had a bad case of optic neuritis in my eye a year ago w/ ms. I notice that pupil is almost always dilated larger still. Normal? Or cause for concern

Yes: It is not that unusual to have a persistent pupillary abnormality following optic neuritis. Usually it is only detectable by someone performing a "swinging flashlight test" (usually an eye doctor) but sometimes can be seen by the patient or family member in normal light. ...Read more

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Numb head and extremities for over 2yrs dizzy and a pulse in my head only when I lay down BP perfect. Optic neuritis also. What could cause this?

Numb head and extremities for over 2yrs dizzy and a pulse in my head only when I lay down BP perfect. Optic neuritis also. What could cause this?

Diagnosis of MS?: If you have a dx of MS then, your symptoms as you've stated are consistent with the clinical spectrum of things that people often complain about, however, if these are new symptoms and not part of your "normal" MS symptoms then, you may wish to be seen for a potential headache syndrome. An entity known as migrainous vertigo can produce similar symptoms but headaches are usually severe with those. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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Optic Neuritis (Definition)

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


Dr. Peter Glusker
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Neuritis (Definition)

Neuritis refers to inflammation of a peripheral or cranial nerve. Usually involved with ...Read more