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Drusen Of The Optic Nerve
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
Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Papilledema seen in my 4yr old during eye exam (as well as 2nd ped opthamologist) would he be able to see drusen during exam or is that a possibility?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
?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
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
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
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
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
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
Need more info: Optic nerve recovery depends on the type of injury or insult. Some problems are fixable and others are not. ...Read more
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
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
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
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