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Doctor insights on: Drusen Of The Optic Nerve

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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 vision loss?

Can optic nerve head drusen cause vision loss?

Sort of: Technically, visual field abnormality can be seen, however complete loss of vision is unheard of.... ...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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Glaucoma checkup. On OCT optic nerve appeared elevated. ultrasound showed no drusen. Nothing further said. Must not require Monitoring & be normal?

Glaucoma checkup. On OCT optic nerve appeared elevated. ultrasound showed no drusen. Nothing further said. Must not require Monitoring & be normal?

Glaucoma prevention: Requires regular follow up , at least once a year, including eye fundus (back of the eye) exam, eye pressure and probably other tests as deemed necessary by the ophthalmologist , wish you wellness ...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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What usually results from having a drusen on the eye?

What usually results from having a drusen on the eye?

Depends: Drusen can be of little concern or they can be the first evidence of something like macular degeneration. You should talk to your ophthalmologist about the type you have and what it means for you. ...Read more

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Are there any treatment options for drusen in the eye?

Are there any treatment options for drusen in the eye?

No: Drusen in the macula can be a sign of age-related macular degeneration (amd), which is a common cause of significant vision loss for individuals older than 50. In younger patients, drusen can be inherited, and are not usually associated with significant vision loss. While there is no treatment for the drusen, a dilated eye exam can help monitor for worsening of the amd. ...Read more

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My eye dr told me I have macular drusen in right eye but isn't concerned. I am 32 yrs old...Should i worry?

My eye dr told me I have macular drusen in right eye but isn't concerned. I am 32 yrs old...Should i worry?

Long term risk: Macular drusen usually occur in both eyes and shows a strongly inherited pattern. As time passes and the drusen either enlarge or become confluent, then sometimes the vision is affected. This would be rare in a 32 year old; the inheritance pattern is well described. You should have them looked at about every 2-3 years for a while. ...Read more

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My wife is 37 yrs old and has been told by the eye doctor she has drusen. What can be done for it and will it get worse?

My wife is 37 yrs old and has been told by the eye doctor she has drusen. What can be done for it and will it get worse?

Annual Eye Exams: Drusen can be found in many people. They dont always lead to problems with your vision. Drusen can be a precursor to macular degeneration and is usually found in an older population. They can remain stable or can get worse. There are vitamins that are recommended for persons who have specific type of drusen. This recommendation should come from her eye doctor. ...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?

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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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How do you treat a swollen optic nerve?

Optic nerve swelling: Depends on the underlying cause. You need to see an ophthalmologist for a work-up to determine why the optic nerve is swollen. ...Read more

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What can I do for a swollen optic nerve?

What can I do for a swollen optic nerve?

Optic nerve swelling: See an ophthalmologist immediately to find out why the optic nerve is swollen. Possible causes include inflammation, high spinal fluid pressure, circulatory problems in the eye or a retinal problem. ...Read more

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How to fix an underdeveloped optic nerve?

Sorry: This is the hand you were dealt in the genetics game that starts at conception. Unfortunately, you only get one deal in the genetics game (until stem cell research leads to bigger payoffs). ...Read more

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How can I alleviate a swollen optic nerve?

Depends on cause: It really depends on why the nerve is swollen. This is a serious condition that needs to be followed by an ophthalmologist/neurologist. ...Read more

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Swollen optic nerve. I'm terrified of pain?

?optic neuritis: The description is partial, but sounds like you may have optic neuritis, and pain occurs when one moves the eye. This absolutely needs to be treated with steroids, which will speed recovery. Hopefully, you are in contact with a good ophthalmologist, but you may well need neurological consultation, as, in many cases, this is the first sign of a chronic neurological disorder. ...Read more

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What does having a raised optic nerve mean?

What does having a raised optic nerve mean?

? normal: This can be an anatomic variant of normal, but can also be a subtle sign of subclinical disease. This needs to be examined by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How much conduction velocity in optic nerve?

VER: A very nice test can be done to measure the optic nerve conduction velocity. This is the visual evoked response or ver. A p100 can be measured that can be compared with the normal range for the laboratory where the testing is done. Delays in conduction can be seen in a variety of disorders, most common with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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What does the optic nerve being raised mean?

Usually normal: This is of concern if you have neurological symptoms, usually headaches. The raised optic nerve can signify elevation intracranial pressure. Also, it can be a normal variant. Most commonly in hyperopia. ...Read more

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What can cause metabolic waste on an optic nerve?

Please clarify: Please clarify what you mean by metabolic waste on the optic nerve. Do you have a specific diagnosis or problem to give a more detailed description? ...Read more

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What does having the optic nerve being raised mean?

Elevation: Sometimes the optic nerve attached to the eye is slightly more forward than usual. Many times, swelling of the optic nerve, causes an appearance, of the nerve being protuberant! see an ophthalmologist for definitive evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have cholesterol on the optic nerve?

No: Cholesterol is part of normal metabolism-your body actually makes the stuff. We are concerned about blood levels due to deposition in vascular lining. The optic nerve does have a blood supply and might have some changes similar to cholesterol elsewhere in the body. How did you discover cholesterol on your optic nerve? Recheck with your ophthalmologist and see if you heard this properly? ...Read more

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What could be causing this pressure on my optic nerve?

Glaucoma: Glaucoma is damage to the optic nerve caused by high pressure in the eye. In most cases of high pressure, the cause is unknown. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what can cause optic nerve pressure?

Most of the time: The cause of high intraocular pressure is unknown, but there several known causes as well. Discuss this with your ophthalmologist. If a specific cause can be found in your case, then treatment can be more effective. ...Read more

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How serious is an inflamed optic nerve in a 10 year old?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these have to be evaluated in real-time by her physician. He/she has access to her examination, laboratrory data and many other diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of what's going on and offer her help. ...Read more

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Is it true that a tumor on the optic nerve is dangerous?

Possibly: Tumors anywhere can be dangerous. Optic nerve tumors are most commonly gliomas which are not malignant but which interweave with the nerve, disturbing vision and removal is frequently accompanied by permanent loss of vision. This is not "dangerous" but loss of vision is not a good thing. Other optic nerve tumors are more rare but do need to be inbestigated. ...Read more

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What are the causes of metabolic waste on an optic nerve?

Go back to your doc: Unfortunately, I have never heard the term of metabolic waste on an optic nerve. I think that's why it's taking so long to get an answer. I think you may have an optic nerve condition and the ophthalmologist tried to explain it to you in layman terms and the description was misunderstood somehow. I suggest you go back to the ophthalmologist and have him/ her explain it again. Sorry not good help. ...Read more

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Can I get some information regarding tumors around the optic nerve?

Optic nerve tumors: The most common optic nerve tumors are meningiomas and gliomas. They can usually be distinguished based on their appearance on an MRI scan ...Read more

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Do you know what tests can show if there is swelling in optic nerve?

Papilledema : An ophthalmoscope is needed to look into the back of your eye to determine if opti nerve swelling is present. Though this can be done by many health care professionals, it is best done by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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What can doctors do to damaged optic nerve ? is there any solution ?

Need more info: Optic nerve recovery depends on the type of injury or insult. Some problems are fixable and others are not. ...Read more

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I was told that that I have a tumor on the optic nerve. Should i be worried?

Sometimes: Most optic nerve tumors are benign although they can grow and cause the nerve to fail. The two most common of these types are gliomas and meningiomas. Tumors can also be metastatic from other sites in the body. A few rare types like schwannoma also can do this any such tumor should be diagnosed and treated if possible. ...Read more

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In early glaucoma what would be considered minimal damage to the optic nerve?

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In early glaucoma what would be considered minimal damage to the optic nerve?

Glaucoma: Early glaucoma often has no visual symptoms and may only show up on a visual field or oct test. This stage is the most treatable, usually with eyedrop medication. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for a 92 year old female diagnosed with a hole in her optic nerve.

What is the prognosis for a 92 year old female diagnosed with a hole in her optic nerve.

Macular hole: likely you mean macular hole as it is not possible to have a hole in the optic nerve (unless you have had penetrating trauma or severe blinding glaucoma). The prognosis depends on depth of macular hole. Ocriplasim has shown promise: see Eyedoc2020.blogspot.com if need more info. ...Read more

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