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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Optic Neuropathy

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What is optic neuropathy? Should I be concerned I will loose my vision? 

What is optic neuropathy? Should I be concerned I will loose my vision? 

Need more info: Optic neuropathy is a generic term for any disease of the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain. Some conditions, like optic neuritis, or drug-related neuropathies, can recover back to normal vision. Others, from conditions like strokes or tumors, may not recover. You need a thorough eye examination and further testing to determine cause and prognosis. Best md is a neuro-ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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How does optic neuropathy differ from optic neuritis?

How does optic neuropathy differ from optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: Neuropathy is damage to the nerve, i.e. Vascular oclusion or trauma. Neuritis is inflamation to the optic nerve. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat optic neuropathy that persists with chronic pain?

What is the best way to treat optic neuropathy that persists with chronic pain?

See below: Very serious condition that needs aggressive treatment. Pain is treated like any pain as an adjunctive condition. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between optic neuropathy , and optic neuritis ?

Please help! what is the difference between optic neuropathy , and optic neuritis ?

General terms: Optic neuropathy is the general term for any condition that affects the transmission or appearance of the optic nerve, the main nerve carrying visual information from the eye to the brain. Optic neuritis is a subset of neuropathy, referring to inflammatory conditions of the optic nerve. ...Read more

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Role of brimonidine in anterior ischemic optic neuropathy?

Questionable: Some think that it can help increase blood flow to the optic nerve but this has not been proven. But will not hurt. ...Read more

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My doctor thinks I may have optic neuropathy instead of glaucoma & has referred me to a dr. specializing in this. How likely & how treated?

My doctor thinks I may have optic neuropathy instead of glaucoma & has referred me to a dr. specializing in this. How likely & how treated?

Optic nerve: There are many variables that need to be addressed and you are going to the right specialist to discuss your concerns with and address your issues. ...Read more

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What is the difference between optic neuropathy and retinal artery occulsion?

What is the difference between optic neuropathy and retinal artery occulsion?

Related issues: Optic neuropathy is a generic term referring to damage to the optic nerve from any cause including trauma, decreased blood flow, or genetic disease. Retinal artery occlusion is a blockage in the artery feeding the retina, which leads to damage or death of the retinal nervous tissue. A central retinal artery occlusion can cause an optic neuropathy. ...Read more

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Can bilateral optic neuropathy really not be treated & if it's in 1 eye will it go to the other eye?

Can bilateral optic neuropathy really not be treated & if it's in 1 eye will it go to the other eye?

See below: Damage to vision from optic neuropathy can not be undone. The treatment (what will allow it to not get worse) depends on the exact cause. Also, whether optic neuropathy becomes bilateral (both eyes) or not depends on the cause. You need to see your ophthalmologist and ask these questions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about lebers hereditary optic neuropathy in one eye and not have it move to the other eye?

Can you tell me about lebers hereditary optic neuropathy in one eye and not have it move to the other eye?

Leber's HON: Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy is felt to be due to a defect in mitochondrial dna. If it occurs in one eye, it almost always eventually shows up in the other. Some genetic testing can be performed if the diagnosis is in doubt. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

Injury or damage to a nerve. A common cause ...Read more