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Optic nerve damage in the eye?

Optic nerve damage in the eye?

Optic nerves: A thorough exam can help determine the extent of the damage in many cases along with visual field and oct testing. A neuroophthalmic exam may be required in addition to an MRI or ct scan in some cases. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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30 percent optic nerve damage in one eye, other eye normal. 58 years old. Even with treatment, how long before I'm visually impaired or legally blind?

30 percent optic nerve damage in one eye, other eye normal. 58 years old. Even with treatment, how long before I'm visually impaired or legally blind?

Glaucoma?: I am guessing you have glaucoma. This can be treated with proper medication and laser or surgery if that fails. Seeing your ophthalmologist regularly gives you an excellent chance to preserve what vision remains. ...Read more

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Age 58. 30 percent optic nerve damage in 1 eye due to open angle glaucoma. Withg treatment is it possible to prevent vision loss in lifetime?

Age 58. 30 percent optic nerve damage in 1 eye due to open angle glaucoma. Withg treatment is it possible to prevent vision loss in lifetime?

Yes: You will most likely be able to be controlled medically. Your chances of not losing vision from glaucoma are very good. Make sure you are compliant with your medication. ...Read more

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Started glaucoma treatment for 1 eye. 30 percent optic nerve damage. Pressure 31. Is this advanced stage & will damage progress fast or slow?

Started glaucoma treatment for 1 eye. 30 percent optic nerve damage. Pressure 31. Is this advanced stage & will damage progress fast or slow?

Pressure control: Usually progression of glaucoma is slow but it depends on the control of the intraocular pressure. The better control the more likely it will not progress or progress slowly. Can not say if advanced without seeing the health of your eyes and optic nerves. ...Read more

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I have always wanted to join the military but I have optic nerve damage in my right eye.?

I have always wanted to join the military but I have optic nerve damage in my right eye.?

Not possible: You have not asked a question but damage to an eye will likely disqualify you from military service. Are you actually thinking you could join the military at age 48? ...Read more

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I can't see from my left eye as I suffered optic nerve damage 2 month ago. Can it be cured with surgery?

No: Damage to the optic nerve can not be undone. What was the reason you have optic nerve damage? If you have an ongoing reason for optic nerve damage, you should be followed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Any information about eye transplantation? Optic nerve damage. ... Could transplantation help

Any information about eye transplantation? Optic nerve damage. ... Could transplantation help

No: Eye transplants usually refer to corneal transplants. Cornea is the clear part in front of the eye and if damaged can become opaque and replaced by corneal transplants. ...Read more

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How does an eye look after optic nerve damage?

How does an eye look after optic nerve damage?

Optic atrophy: Externally the eye may seem just fine, but if the retina is examined via ophthalmological tools, the disc may look small and pale, the blood vessels may have changed, and the visual acuity drops quite significantly. ...Read more

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How is it possible to catch glaucoma early? Had annual eye exams with dilation every 2 years. When diagnosed there was already 30% optic nerve damage

How is it possible to catch glaucoma early? Had annual eye exams with dilation every 2 years. When diagnosed there was already 30% optic nerve damage

Of course: Glaucoma is a problem in which the internal eye pressure exceeds the eyes capacity to resist that pressure. Almost always there are no symptoms early in the disease but later vision can be affected. That is why we recommend an eye exam every year or two in people over age 40. The course is slow, and there is plenty of time to use corrective drops. Was your pressure always taken? ...Read more

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How can I get my eye doctor to check if I have optic nerve damage??

Curious question: A simple visit to any optometrist or ophthalmologist can start the process. If your screening visual exam and fundoscopic exam (exam of the inside of the eyeball) is normal, further study would not be indicated. If you have some history or issue that causes you to worry about the optic nerve, you should discuss it with the doc. ...Read more

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Can a chronic long standing sinus infection cause optic nerve damage? X-ray shows fluid line in eye socket. Problem for years. No medication helps.

Can a chronic long standing sinus infection cause optic nerve damage? X-ray shows fluid line in eye socket. Problem for years. No medication helps.

You need to: Consult with an ENT specialist. You might need surgical correction if you have failed optimum medical treatment. ...Read more

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Will have hysterectomy, head will be 30 degrees lower than heart during 1-2 hr. Surgery. Have glaucoma should I be concerned about optic nerve damage?

Will have hysterectomy, head will be 30 degrees lower than heart during 1-2 hr. Surgery. Have glaucoma should I be concerned about optic nerve damage?

Surgery: Your concern should be discussed with your anesthesiologist who will be doing your case. Positioning during surgery should also be discussed with your surgeon. Your concerns can be addressed by modification in positioning, with the help of your anesthesiologist and surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how serious is nerve damage or lesions in the eye?

I'm wondering how serious is nerve damage or lesions in the eye?

See details: Optic nerve damage can be very serious and can cause major visual impairment. The effect of ocular lesion depends on the lesion, . ...Read more

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When you have Eye problem, it is not specifically on the eye itself, but in the visual cortex of the brain, some nerve damage. Is it true?

Visual problems: When a person has a problem with vision, they can have a problem anywhere from their cornea. Lens, retina and along the optic nerves to the visual cortex of the brain. Our retina is actually part of our central nervous system, as are the optic nerves. The muscles that move your eyeball are controlled by cranial nerves as well. Ophthalmology is the specialty of medicine that treats eye disorders. ...Read more

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, if the entire retrodiscal tmj tissue breaks could it lead also to nerve damage? (as numbness on the eye lid, mouth corner etc).

It is possible: Because the retrodiscal tissue is vascular and highly innervated. See Orofacial Pain specialist for evaluation and redirection of the condylar loading forces from the retrodiscal tissue to the intermediate zone. ...Read more

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What is it called when fluid builds up in the eye and causes damage to the optic nerve?

What is it called when fluid builds up in the eye and causes damage to the optic nerve?

Glaucoma: Acute angle closure glaucoma occurs when the intra ocular pressure builds up in the eye when the angles are narrow and close off and this leads to optic nerve damage. ...Read more

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Went 2 the eye dr. Was told my optic nerve was swollen. Had an MRI the other day which turned out 2 be fine. Buy empty space it seemed. Follow up 1 mth?

Went 2 the eye dr. Was told my optic nerve was swollen. Had an MRI the other day which turned out 2 be fine. Buy empty space it seemed. Follow up 1 mth?

Sounds right: Your eye doctor wants to follow up to see if any changes occur in the next month. Sounds like you are lucky that MRI doesn't show changes but OCT imaging may show more. So each step leads to the next step in your management. Not sure what you meant by 'buy empty space? ' Please clarify. Thanks! ...Read more

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Everytime I bend over I get a pain behind my left eye as soon as I stand up it goes away. I also have a swollen optic nerve in the eye. What is wrong?

Everytime I bend over I get a pain behind my left eye as soon as I stand up it goes away. I also have a swollen optic nerve in the eye. What is wrong?

Intracranial HTN: Seems like you may have high intracranial pressure. Lying down, bending down raises the pressure, standing lowers it. Papilledema is classic for high icp. You need to be seen by an ophthalmologist to determine cause... Oral contraceptives, hormones, obesity, vitamins, steroids, tumors can all lead to high icp. ...Read more

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Can the eye doctor check and see the optic nerve without to put drops on eyes? I was checked without to put eyes drops

Can the eye doctor check and see the optic nerve without to put drops on eyes? I was checked without to put eyes drops

Yes but. . .: Drops help dilate pupils allowing for better view but aren't absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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I have a blind spot (not the usual blind spot) due to high BP of the eye & low damage of the optic nerve, could it be treated by (medicine/surgery)?

I have a blind spot (not the usual blind spot) due to high BP of the eye & low damage of the optic nerve, could it be treated by (medicine/surgery)?

Need to see a Doc: It is difficult to identify a blind spot and distinguish it from the "usual bind spot". Needs to be evaluated with retina and optic nerve examination and find out if any treatment would help. ...Read more

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I went to the eye doctor for the first time - the optic nerve size is slightly different between my eyes. Why would this happen/should I be concerned?

I went to the eye doctor for the first time - the optic nerve size is slightly different between my eyes. Why would this happen/should I be concerned?

No: Your ophthalmologist would have told you otherwise if there is a need to do something different, I believe he meant the optic disc rather, not the optic nerve. Just follow up routinely, with the ophthalmologist for fundus (back of the eyes) exam, and ocular pressure measurements, best wishes ...Read more

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I was wondering how long it takes the nerve palsy in the eye to heal after treatment?

It varies: The recovery time is a function of what caused the palsy, which cranial nerves were affected, what treatment was required and how long and severe the palsy was prior to treatment. The physician who treated you can probably give you a specific answer based on detailed knowledge of your case. ...Read more

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Please...any treatment for the partially optic nerve damage?

Depends upon cause: If due to ischemic process, like a stroke, may be irreversible. If due to trauma, might heal over time. If due to optic neuritis should gradually reverse in most cases. ...Read more

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With treatment can a 58 year old with 30 percent optic nerve damage avoid significant vision loss in their lifetime?

With treatment can a 58 year old with 30 percent optic nerve damage avoid significant vision loss in their lifetime?

Depends on the cause: If your vision loss is from compression of the nerve from a tumor it is best to get it treated asap to prevent further loss. Optic nerve damage may not improve if the damage is severe. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Recently diagnosed with glaucoma. No peripheral vision loss. 30% optic nerve damage. With treatment will nerve damage cause loss of vision?

Probably not: Glaucoma is readily treated with anti-pressure medication which should prevent any further damage in almost all cases. This is handled by ophthalmologists (you are not seeing an optometrist I hope?) who deal with this daily. There is a step ladder of treatments -- medication, laser, surgery to prevent further damage which can be quite effective. ...Read more

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Can coughing, sneezing or long-term constant sniffing due to sinus drainage and habit cause optic nerve damage in glaucoma?

Can coughing, sneezing or long-term constant sniffing due to sinus drainage and habit cause optic nerve damage in glaucoma?

Glaucoma causes: Usually, the activities of daily living like you describe are NOT factors in the cause of glaucoma or the progression, severity, or treatment decisions.... FYI Cosopt is a drug and often has side effects. Have you asked about having the SLT glaucoma laser to replace the drops. Keep us posted. Dr.Sibley ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


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