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Doctor insights on: Optic Nerve Drusen Symptoms

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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.

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Drusen (Definition)

Drusen are small yellow or white deposits of material that build up between the retina and the retinal pigment epithelium of the eye (beneath the retina). It is normal for people to have some drusen in the eye, usually after age 40. Drusen in the macula increase the risk for age-related macular degeneration, especially when they are large in size and number and ...Read more


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Can optic nerve head drusen cause vision loss?

Can optic nerve head drusen cause vision loss?

Sort of: Technically, visual field abnormality can be seen, however complete loss of vision is unheard of....

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Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?

Can optic nerve head drusen cause sudden unilateral loss of peripheral vision due to a spontaneous vascular event?

Disc Drusen: I am not aware of any association between optic nerve drusen and sudden unilateral vision loss from a vascular event. A vascular event should be evaluated and treated the same as if the disc drusen were not there.

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Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?

Can sudden peripheral vision loss due to optic nerve head drusen reverse, change in severity or fully recover?

Not typical!: Optic nerve he'd drusens are associated with field loss sometimes, but they are chronic and stable. I am not aware of them being associated with sudden loss. Look for a different cause! Depending on the that, it may or may not be reversible (most likely not).

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I am a commercial pilot and was diagnosed with optic nerve drusen or better calcium spots on the optic nerve which affecting my left eye need help pls?

Optic disc drusen: Optic nerve head drusen are visible during an eye examination, and in some cases may cause some loss of peripheral vision. Visual field testing and optical coherence tomography can determine the extent of any problem, and then can be monitored over time. These tests can be performed by an ophthalmologist. Sometimes disc drusen are associated with retinal problems, but not macular degeneration.

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Are there any treatment options for drusen in the eye?

Are there any treatment options for drusen in the eye?

No: Drusen in the macula can be a sign of age-related macular degeneration (amd), which is a common cause of significant vision loss for individuals older than 50. In younger patients, drusen can be inherited, and are not usually associated with significant vision loss. While there is no treatment for the drusen, a dilated eye exam can help monitor for worsening of the amd.

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What usually results from having a drusen on the eye?

What usually results from having a drusen on the eye?

Depends: Drusen can be of little concern or they can be the first evidence of something like macular degeneration. You should talk to your ophthalmologist about the type you have and what it means for you.

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My eye dr told me I have macular drusen in right eye but isn't concerned. I am 32 yrs old...Should I worry?

My eye dr told me I have macular drusen in right eye but isn't concerned. I am 32 yrs old...Should I worry?

Long term risk: Macular drusen usually occur in both eyes and shows a strongly inherited pattern. As time passes and the drusen either enlarge or become confluent, then sometimes the vision is affected. This would be rare in a 32 year old; the inheritance pattern is well described. You should have them looked at about every 2-3 years for a while.

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My wife is 37 yrs old and has been told by the eye doctor she has drusen. What can be done for it and will it get worse?

My wife is 37 yrs old and has been told by the eye doctor she has drusen. What can be done for it and will it get worse?

Annual Eye Exams: Drusen can be found in many people. They don't always lead to problems with your vision. Drusen can be a precursor to macular degeneration and is usually found in an older population. They can remain stable or can get worse. There are vitamins that are recommended for persons who have specific type of drusen. This recommendation should come from her eye doctor.

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I have been having some MS like symptoms. Mri shows brain stem lesions n fluid on optic nerve sheaths. Could this be ms?

I have been having some MS like symptoms. Mri shows brain stem lesions n fluid on optic nerve sheaths. Could this be ms?

Possible: But typically one sees plaques periventricular, not brainstem. Fluid in optic nerve sheath is not typical. You need to have long conversation with neurologist.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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


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