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How long does optic neuritis last when there is no underlying cause? Is two weeks after diagnoses too late to start steroids?

How long does optic neuritis last when there is no underlying cause? Is two weeks after diagnoses too late to start steroids?

Get treated: There is ALWAYS a cause for optic neuritis, and it should be treated. Best approach is to use intravenous methylprednisolone, or intramuscular ACTHAR. But if not treated, your outcome is likely permanent loss of vision. See ophthalmologist or neurologist and get this addressed ASAP ...Read more

Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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Optic Neuritis (Definition)

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


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I had optic neuritis in June 2014. January 2015 MRI still shows enhancement in optic nerve. How long will will my optic nerve appear like this?

I had optic neuritis in June 2014. January 2015 MRI still shows enhancement in optic nerve. How long will will my optic nerve appear like this?

May remain forever: The MRI may stay the same. The important thing is that your vision may have improved and you have had no new episodes of visual loss or other neurological symptoms. ...Read more

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Because of multiple sclerosis, I get optic neuritis every time I relapse. It normally doesn't take long to heal but I have had it now since december.?

Because of multiple sclerosis, I get optic neuritis every time I relapse. It normally doesn't take long to heal but I have had it now since december.?

Generic answer: To do this properly, suggest you schedule Concierge visit online so this can be fully analyzed. But am concerned about your basic disease modifying therapy, your current vision, and future status. All of this can be successfully treated with appropriate care. ...Read more

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If someone were to have optic neuritis would their vision return 100% back to normal in time?? And if so how long? I can't see with my other eye.

If someone were to have optic neuritis would their vision return 100% back to normal in time?? And if so how long? I can't see with my other eye.

Possibly: Many people regain nearly their full vision within 12 months of a bout of optic neuritis. However, people with optic neuritis should see their doctor (usually neurologist) for follow up (and likely an MRI) as this condition is frequently associated with multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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I had Scleritis and Keratitis for 6 months last year and was treated. Now I may have Optic Neuritis and an MRI is scheduled. What can cause all 3?

I had Scleritis and Keratitis for 6 months last year and was treated. Now I may have Optic Neuritis and an MRI is scheduled. What can cause all 3?

Common Dz for all 3?: There is no one single disease process that links all 3 of those problems together under one roof that I'm aware of. Scleritis and keratitis....sure, why not. But ON is a totally different entity and is really the sine qua non for demyelinating disorders such as MS and other problems; Devic's Disease, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with optic neuritis (possible MS) which has settled down the last few days. It not coming in my other eye. Should I see doc or wait?

Follow up: As instructed when you were originally diagnosed with optic neuritis. Its a good idea to establish with a doctor that knows you and your medical history and to keep up with your appointments. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I need a brain and orbit MRI if I've not had optic neuritis and my last brain and spine MRI was ok? What are they looking for?

Why do I need a brain and orbit MRI if I've not had optic neuritis and my last brain and spine MRI was ok? What are they looking for?

Progression: I am assuming you are dealing with ms? If you are, then the MRI is likely to monitor progression of lesions. If you did not have any lesions prior then they may be looking for new lesions that could suggest changes in disease progression or a lack of new lesions defining response to certain treatments. While I cannot say for sure without knowing more, that would be a normal course of action. ...Read more

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What is optic neuritis?

What is optic neuritis?

Visual nerve inflame: Optic neuritis is the name for inflammation of the optic nerve. There can be a number of causes including multiple sclerosis and many other diseases. This should be evaluated by an ophthalmologist as soon as the condition arises. ...Read more

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What is optic neuritis?

What is optic neuritis?

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 more

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Describe optic neuritis?

Describe optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve often caused by multiple sclerosis. The symptoms are a sudden decrease in vision in one eye usually associated with eye pain. This condition can be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What is optic neuritis?

What is optic neuritis?

Inflammation: The optic nerve becomes inflamed and results in decreased vision, pain on motion of the eye and faded color vision. A variety of causes may be considered, and in about 16-50%, depending on MRI lesions, of cases this could be secondary to multiple sclerosis. Optic neuritis usually responds well to steroids. ...Read more

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What causes optic neuritis?

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 more

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What to do for optic neuritis?

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

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What to do if I have optic neuritis?

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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What are the signs of optic neuritis?

Pain, visual loss: Pain is usual in the affected eye and is aggravated by eye movement. Visual loss is commonly progressive, though initially it is blurring of vision. This may progress to a field/altitudinal defect. The pupil may be dilated and sluggish to react to light. Loss of visual acuity varies from none to loss of perception of light. Good visual acuity is regained after the initial attack, with exceptions. ...Read more

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What can be done for optic neuritis?

Steroids: Intravenous or oral steroids can be used, and acth may also help. Need to start asap. Important to consider that this could be early ms and get an mri. ...Read more

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How do you treat optic neuritis cases?

Optic neuritis: Anyone with optic neuritis should be under the care of an opthalmologist if possible. ...Read more

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What can be done about optic neuritis?

What can be done about optic neuritis?

It's complicated: Optic neuritis is an inflammation of one or both eye nerves causing changes in vision. It is almost always part of multiple sclerosis, whether or not other symptoms are apparent or an MRI abnormality is evident. Significant visual impairments are usually treated with high dose I.V. Methylprednisolone to enhance and speed recovery and reduce the severity of the injury, and reduce new symptoms. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get optic neuritis?

Do a lot of people get optic neuritis?

Uncommon: Optic neuritis (also called optic neuropathy) is due to inflammation of the main visual nerve behind the eye. Many cases are isolated and only occur once. A lot are associated with multiple sclerosis and may be the first happening in that condition. You should see your ophthalmologist or neuro-ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the history of optic neuritis?

Short term for most: I am going to assume you mean its normal clinical course, not how it was discovered. On is an inflammation of the nerve that causes a rapid drop in vision and color discrimination over a few days with vision recovery in 2-3 weeks for most. Repeat episodes (as in ms) can cause incremental on damage and vision reduction. Iv or oral steroids are sometimes used to treat on. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: Usually painful loss of vision. You can find a good description here: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/optic-neuritis/ds00882/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: The symptoms of optic neuritis are acute loss of vision in one eye and eye pain. An ophthalmologist can identify other signs including an abnormal pupil reaction, loss of color vision, visual field loss and abnormal optic nerve appearance. ...Read more

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Do you know anything about optic neuritis?

Nerve inflamation: The optic nerve is the main cable carrying visual information from the eye to the brain. Optic neuritis is when this nerve gets inflamed and this usually lowers the vision in that eye. It frequently is spontaneous but can be caused by multiple sclerosis and certain drugs as a side effect. It is fortunately uncommon as it is a very unsettling condition. ...Read more

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What are the complications of optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: The main complication of optic neuritis is loss of vision. If the optic neuritis is associated with multiple sclerosis many 'complications' are possible. For a more detailed explanation, see: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/optic_neuritis it may also be related to spinal cord disease, in neuromyelitis optica, in which case weakness or paralysis may also occur. There are also other causes. ...Read more

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When a man has optic neuritis, what does it mean?

When a man has optic neuritis, what does it mean?

Optic neuritis: Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve, the nerve that delivers the information of sight. When the optic nerve is inflamed, it may be painful to move the eye and the vision is poor. The vision cannot be corrected with lenses.

Most often this condition occurs without a cause. Sometimes this is a symptom of MS. ...Read more

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Are there foods that are good for optic neuritis?

Are there foods that are good for optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: This is a very old question, which has been looked at in some detail. The answer is there is no specific food, or supplement or vitamin which is good for or prevents optic neuritis. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have optic neuritis?

Should I still go to work if I have optic neuritis?

Probably: Optic neuritis is not contagious, nor is it work related or aggravated by work. If the status of the condition makes it visually difficult to do your work, you should hold off until it improves. Your work colleagues do not need to know of your condition unless the vision prevents work. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have permanent optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis: There are two suggestions from your expression "permanent". You may have changes in your optic nerve that are not reversible or you may have multiple sclerosis. It would be best to get the answer from the doctor who used the terminology. ...Read more

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Please tell me what factors influences optic neuritis?

Please tell me what factors influences optic neuritis?

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 more

Dr. Peter Glusker
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Neuritis (Definition)

Neuritis refers to inflammation of a peripheral or cranial nerve. Usually involved with ...Read more