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What is optic neuritis?

What is optic neuritis?

Visual nerve inflame: Optic neuritis is the name for inflammation of the optic nerve. There can be a number of causes including multiple sclerosis and many other diseases. This should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist as soon as the condition arises. ...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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What is optic neuritis?

What is optic neuritis?

See below: Optic neuritis is due to inflammation and damage of the insulation material around the nerve behind the eye ball (optic nerve). This results in variable loss of vision in one eye, pain with eye movement, for weeks to months followed by recovery. It can be the first event of MS or may be a one time event. Brain MRI taken at the time of optic neuritis can be valuable to gauge risk for future ms. ...Read more

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Describe optic neuritis?

Describe optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve often caused by multiple sclerosis. The symptoms are a sudden decrease in vision in one eye usually associated with eye pain. This condition can be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: Optic nerve inflammation, frequently caused by multiple sclerosis, but can be associated with other systemic inflammatory diseases. ...Read more

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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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What to do for optic neuritis?

Steroids: Optic neuritis may be the initial sign of multiple sclerosis, but could be due to many other causes.Commonly it is treated with intravenous Methylprednisolone or acth would also work, and oral steroids at high enough doses may reverse the visual loss. Other causes of optic neuritis exist but generally do not respond to steroids but some spontaneously improve by themselves. ...Read more

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What to do if I have optic neuritis?

Depends: There are several possible causes for this but the most likely is one episode with no cause. Your best bet is to find a neuro-ophthalmologist who can evaluate you and determine if there is an underlying problem. Some causes can be treated. ...Read more

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What can be done for optic neuritis?

What can be done for  optic neuritis?

Steroids: Intravenous or oral steroids can be used, and acth may also help. Need to start asap. Important to consider that this could be early ms and get an mri. ...Read more

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How do you treat optic neuritis cases?

Optic neuritis: Anyone with optic neuritis should be under the care of an opthalmologist if possible. ...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