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Diagnosing Optic Neuritis
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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