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Oct shows nerve tissue thinning. No visual field loss. 1 dr. Said 30% optic nerve damage & 2 others say not that much. Can percentage be relied on?

Oct shows nerve tissue thinning. No visual field loss. 1 dr. Said 30% optic nerve damage & 2 others say not that much. Can percentage be relied on?

Need to follow: Patients can lose nerve fiber layer before it produces visual field or visual acuity is affected. You need to be followed over time looking at all parameters: visual acuity, intraocular pressure, nerve appearance, oct and visual field an past medical history. Initial oct are compared to age-matched controls. Your optic nerve could be tilted or outside the normal algorithms. Talk to your doctor. ...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


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Diagnosed w/glaucoma. Opthomologist said no peripheral vision loss. No optic nerve damage but the nerve tissue has thinned. How serious is that?

Early changes: This means that there has been some early damage to the optic nerve/ retina. As long as the eye pressure is controlled over every exam you should not lose any vision. Visits to the eye doctor every 4 months is recommended. ...Read more

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Are there people with no optic nerve?

Are there people with no optic nerve?

Birth defect: A few are born with significant maldevelopment (mostly loss) of an eye with loss also of the optic nerve. There are many with varying degrees of optic nerve dysfunction but they of course still have a nerve. An eye with no optic nerve would be totally blind. ...Read more

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What side of your body is the optic nerve on?

What side of your body is the optic nerve on?

Both sides: There is an optic nerve carrying visual signals from each eye therefore there is one nerve on each side of the head. ...Read more

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What can thickening of the optic nerve indicate?

What can thickening of the optic nerve indicate?

Nonspecific: Hi!
Lots of things to consider; what symptoms prompted you to get the scan? Any change in vision? Sinus pain or congestion? Bone pain elsewhere in your body? Headaches? Fever?
I would definitely recommend close follow-up with a physician to do careful examination of your eyes and head/neck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: optic nerve?

Nerve to eye: 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 interpreted and acted upon. ...Read more

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What happens if your optic nerve is larger than average?

What happens if your optic nerve is larger than average?

Usually nothing: Optic nerves, like other parts of our bodies, come in different sizes. If yours are congenitally large then that is how you were born and that is "normal" for you. ...Read more

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Would I know if something was pushing on my optic nerve?

Would I know if something was pushing on my optic nerve?

Optic nerve: You might get blurred or double vision, headache, nausea, vomiting. An Ophthalmoscope would clear the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Please, my right optic nerve partially damaged. Any help?

See eye doctor: See an eye doctor there is no information can be provided on line that will replace an evaluation by a physician and proper treatment ...Read more

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What is the procedure to attach a partially severed optic nerve?

What is the procedure to attach a partially severed optic nerve?

Not possible: A severed optic nerve will not re-establish functional communication with any currently known technique or medication. It is unfortunate but will have to wait for more advances in medical research. ...Read more

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How do you treat a swollen optic nerve?

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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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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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

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...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