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Dr. Daniel Schainholz
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Optic Atrophy (Overview)

Optic atrophy is an eye condition in which the main nerve that transmits the information the eye receives undergoes damage and shrinkage. Symptoms include dimming of vision and a reduced field of vision.


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What is the effect of optic atrophy?

What is the effect of optic atrophy?

OPTIC ATROPHY: Dominant optic atrophy: most patients have no associated neurologic abnormalities, although nystagmus and hearing loss have been reported. The only symptom is slowly progressive bilateral vision loss, usually mild until late in life there are multiple types and etiologies of optic nerve atrophy. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Schainholz
54 doctors shared insights

Optic Atrophy (Overview)

Optic atrophy is an eye condition in which the main nerve that transmits the information the eye receives undergoes damage and shrinkage. Symptoms include dimming of vision and a reduced field of vision.


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What are the common symptoms of optic atrophy?

Vision loss: Optic atrophy is the result of neuron cell death, with resultant loss of vision. The more loss of neurons, the more vision loss. Optic atrophy is a clinical sign, not a diagnosis, as many optic nerve diseases may lead to neuronal degeneration (atrophy) and vision loss. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any treatment on optic atrophy?

Please let me know if there is any treatment on optic atrophy?

Not really: Optic atrophy is a condition in which the main nerve from the eye to the brain, loses its ability to transmit visual information to the brain. When the ophthalmologist looks at the nerve it will look pale white. When a nerve gets to the state, there is no treatment known as the nerve is essentially functionless. ...Read more

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What caused my optic atrophy?

Birth defect. MS: Optic atrophy occurs whenever the nerve or blood supply to the main optic nerve is disrupted. This can be present at birth, is associated with some inherited diseases and can occurs in adults after trauma, blood vessel dysfunction, multiple sclerosis and occasionally with no identifiable cause. See your neuro-ophthalmolgist to sort this out. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for optic atrophy?

Mostly no: Most forms of optic atrophy cannot be treated. If associated with multiple sclerosis, steroid infusions can help. If caused by thyroid nerve compression, then treatment of the orbital compression can reverse the atrophy. Sometimes it occurs in associated with long standing elevation of spinal fluid pressure and will improve if the pressure is relieved. A neuro-ophthalmologist can advise you. ...Read more

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Why isn't congenital optic atrophy optical nerve not developed?

Why isn't congenital optic atrophy optical nerve not developed?

Most idiopathic: Most cases do not have a cause. Some cases are associated with CNS (brain problems such as genetic or idiopathic causes), some are genetic such as leber's disease and rarely can be due to maternal diabetes and drug use. ...Read more

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How can you prevent optic atrophy if you have ms?

How can you prevent optic atrophy if you have ms?

See below: Disease modifying therapies lessen the frequency and extent of immune cell attacks in the central nervous system. However, optic atrophy can occur after a bout of optic neuritis, or even in the partner (uneffected) eye over time. Be sure to have your vision monitored routinely, including visual fields and also oct testing of the optic nerve. ...Read more

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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more