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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is optic neuritis(Optic neuromyelitis, ischemic optic neuropathy)?

Optic neuritis occurs when the nerve that sends messages from your eye to your brain, the optic nerve, becomes inflamed. It can affect eye movement and vision. Optic nerve inflammation can occur due to infections or immune system disorders such as multiple sclerosis and lupus.

Symptoms related to optic neuritis(Optic neuromyelitis, ischemic optic neuropathy)

  • Blind spots or blind areas in vision

  • Pain at the back of the eye

  • Poor vision

  • Difficulty seeing on one side

  • Eye pain

  • Headache

  • Eyeballs cannot move properly, and cannot look in a certain direction

Questions your doctor may ask to check for optic neuritis(Optic neuromyelitis, ischemic optic neuropathy)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose optic neuritis(Optic neuromyelitis, ischemic optic neuropathy)

  • Do you have partial loss of vision?

  • Have you had severe headaches with deep pain in the eyes more than once a week over last 1-2 months?

  • Do you feel that your eyesight is worsening recently?

  • Are you unable to see out from one eye?

  • Do you have eye pain?

Treatment for optic neuritis(Optic neuromyelitis, ischemic optic neuropathy)

Most people with a single episode of optic neuritis eventually recover their vision without treatment. In other cases, your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce the inflammation in the optic nerve. The doctor may prescribe medications to treat the underlying cause as well.

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