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Neither: Lasik changes the curvature of the cornea to reduce nearsightedness(myopia) and has no adverse effect on the optic nerve. If the optic nerve has been damaged then lasik will not improve the visual function , it only changes the focus of the image on the retina. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unknown,but possible: I don't know if there is any effect of Botox on shingles. In general, Botox works on the neuromuscular end plates, which are motor in nature. Shingles tends to effect sensory nerves, which is why it is so uncomfortable. I don't think Botox will effect it, but it is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: I can only relate to vestibular neuritis and yes it is virtually always a viral infection of the vestibular nerve or the ganglion cells of the vestibular nerve. Cytomegalovirus is one of the viruses that can cause this. It is usually a self limited disease and there is no specific treatment except for symptomatic relief. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?
Probably not: Glaucoma is readily treated with anti-pressure medication which should prevent any further damage in almost all cases. This is handled by ophthalmologists (you are not seeing an optometrist i hope?) who deal with this daily. There is a step ladder of treatments -- medication, laser, surgery to prevent further damage which can be quite effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Steroids: Optic neuritis can be the initial sign of multiple sclerosis, but could be due to many other causes. Typically, best to use intravenous Methylprednisolone but acth would also work, and oral steroids at high enough doses may reverse the visual loss. But beware, if an MRI shows multiple lesions, as there is a potential need to confirm ms. ...Read more
What's the difference between strabismus & cranial nerve palsies that effect the eyes? Can cranial nerve palsies cause strabismus?
Different patterns: Strabismus is the generic term for eye misalignment of any cause. If from childhood, the eyes are separated about the same in all positions. If from cranial palsy, the degree of separation goes from normal away from the action of the muscles, to a very wide difference in the direction of the action of that muscle. An ophthalmologist can usually readily make this distinction. ...Read more
Probably not possibl: See your neuro-ophthalmologist for a discussion of this problem. Optic nerves that are seriously damaged cannot usually be treated. There is some relationship to cause here - for instance there are a number of cases of visual loss from thyroid disease which can recover quite a bit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's best medication to reduce swelling around nerve of I have trigeminal neuropathy? Will lyrica (pregabalin) work?
Painful!: Most cases of trigeminal or facial nerve pain are diagnosed as neuralgia. The mechanism is usually compression on the nerve from a blood vessel or injury or as the result of MS. Medications that block nerve firing, such as anti-seizure medications, are typically used: carbamazepam, topiramate, gabapentin/Neurontin, and pregabalin/Lyrica are used. There are also a number of surgical treatments. ...Read more
30 percent optic nerve damage due to open angle glaucoma pressure 31. With treatment is it likely loss of peripheral vision will be prevented?
Could you get glaucoma while having peeipheral neuropathy, trig neuralgia, fibromyalgia, &cns inflammation?
Not related: Your diagnoses & symptoms are not causally related to glaucoma risk development. However, if you have other risk factors, such as increased intraocular pressure, positive family history of glaucoma, thin corneal thickness, african american ethnicity, & advancing age, you may develop glaucoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer