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How To Treat Optic Neuritis Quickly
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
He or She wouldn't: Doctors have to learn to be patients and listen to their doctors. Having said that, optic neuritis is either treated with IV steroids or not at all. Vision recovers the same regardless, but steroids can speed recovery if given within 72 hours. An MRI of the brain should also be done to make sure further evaluation for diseases like multiple sclerosis is not needed. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can optic neuritis reoccur in the same eye without pain? And if it does, and wasnt treated emmidiatly what could happen??
Same eye is possible: Optic neuritis most commonly occurs once in a given eye for a lifetime. Only some are uncomfortable or painful. Recurrence makes a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis more probable. Pain may, or may not, occur with a recurrence. If you are having a second bout, you should see a neurologist or neuro-ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more
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
I was treated optic neuritis 2 years ago when i exercise i feel pain in the eye that was affected should i contact my doctor about this?
Uthoff's phenomena : you may be suffering from something known as Uthoff's phenomenon which is the exacerbation of a symptom of a patient with multiple sclerosis upon raising core temperature of the body such as during exercise or extreme environmental heat. Telling your doctor about this symptom is helpful so as to develop some baseline information as to what to expect when you get overheated. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer