What can be done about optic neuritis?

It's complicated. Optic neuritis is an inflammation of one or both eye nerves causing changes in vision. It is almost always part of multiple sclerosis, whether or not other symptoms are apparent or an MRI abnormality is evident. Significant visual impairments are usually treated with high dose I.V. Methylprednisolone to enhance and speed recovery and reduce the severity of the injury, and reduce new symptoms.
Optic neuritis . Once diagnosed, a work up is done to identify an underlying cause. Common tests performed include an MRI scan of the brain and a spinal tap as well as blood tests. Treatment is typically with steroids.

Related Questions

My 17 daughter has had optic neuritis in both eyes within a 5 month span. She has had 2 MRI's, a Catscan, and a spinal tab done, and everything neg.

Comments. If the correct testing is accomplished, you will get an answer, which will lead to appropriate interventions. Although many avenues could be pursued, some unusual tests could include copper levels, B-12, methylmelonic acid, RPR, HIV, ANA profile, Lyme survey, BUT in view of bilaterality, would make certain that your doctor has done an Aquaporin 4, IgG study to assess Neuromyelitis Optica. Read more...

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...