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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
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Optic Neuritis (Overview)

Optic neuritis is 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 infections and certain drugs.


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What are the symptoms of optic neuritis?

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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Dr. Howard Pomeranz
226 doctors shared insights

Optic Neuritis (Overview)

Optic neuritis is 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 infections and certain drugs.


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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

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Severe optic neuritis --what do you do after diagnosis?

Severe optic neuritis --what do you do after diagnosis?

Optic neuritis: A cause for the optic neuritis needs to be determined. An MRI scan is usually needed to do this, as well as other tests that can be performed by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose optic neuritis just from a routine eye exam?

Is it possible for a doctor to diagnose optic neuritis just from a routine eye exam?

Yes: Some time the person may not have a severe optic neuritis, or may have a mild symptom that is over looked by the patient. On occasion, on a routine eye exam many problems could be diagnosed including old or active optic neuritis. ...Read more

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Ophtamo couldn't find anything wrong, went in cause my vision fluctuates and colors change,he did blood sugar test ,even tested for optic neuritis?

Ophtamo couldn't find anything wrong, went in cause my vision fluctuates and colors change,he did blood sugar test ,even tested for optic neuritis?

2nd opinion: Time to get another opinion. Some symptoms are fleeting and not easily picked up in one visit. Dr. Milne is an excellent ophthalmologist in Silver Springs, MD. ...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 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

Dr. Peter Glusker
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Neuritis (Definition)

Neuritis describes any condition where there is inflammation of a nerve or nerves, which may cause weakness, ...Read more