What are the complications of optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis. The main complication of optic neuritis is loss of vision. If the optic neuritis is associated with multiple sclerosis many 'complications' are possible. For a more detailed explanation, see: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/optic_neuritis it may also be related to spinal cord disease, in neuromyelitis optica, in which case weakness or paralysis may also occur. There are also other causes.
Blindness. Not treated, blindness. The more aggressive it is treated, the better the possibility of salvaging your vision.

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What causes optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis. Optic neuritis can be an isolated finding, but is commonly associated with ms. Ms is believed to have an autoimmune etiology. Isolated optic neuritis is caused by inflammation which may not be autoimmune in nature. Read more...
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...
Optic neuritis. Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve. The most common cause is multiple sclerosis, but optic neuritis can be caused by many different infectious and inflammatory diseases. Read more...

What to do for optic neuritis?

Steroids. Optic neuritis may be the initial sign of multiple sclerosis, but could be due to many other causes.Commonly it is treated with intravenous Methylprednisolone or acth would also work, and oral steroids at high enough doses may reverse the visual loss. Other causes of optic neuritis exist but generally do not respond to steroids but some spontaneously improve by themselves. Read more...

What to do if I have optic neuritis?

Depends. There are several possible causes for this but the most likely is one episode with no cause. Your best bet is to find a neuro-ophthalmologist who can evaluate you and determine if there is an underlying problem. Some causes can be treated. Read more...

What are the signs of optic neuritis?

Pain,visual loss. Pain is usual in the affected eye and is aggravated by eye movement. Visual loss is commonly progressive, though initially it is blurring of vision. This may progress to a field/altitudinal defect. The pupil may be dilated and sluggish to react to light. Loss of visual acuity varies from none to loss of perception of light. Good visual acuity is regained after the initial attack, with exceptions. Read more...