Optic Neuritis

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What is Optic Neuritis?

Optic neuritis is swelling of the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve carries light signals from the back of your eye to your brain so you can see. If the optic nerve is swollen, damaged or infected, you cannot see clearly.

Optic Neuritis Symptoms

You can have optic neuritis in one or both eyes. Symptoms may appear all of a sudden or develop gradually over a few days.

They can include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Dim vision, as if someone turned down the lights
  • Colors appearing dull and faded
  • Pain in the back of your eye socket
  • Pain when you move your eyes

Optic neuritis symptoms can be worse when you are hot or very tired. For instance, you might notice more symptoms when you exercise or take a shower. If optic neuritis is not treated, its symptoms can get worse.

Treatment For Optic Neuritis

Some get better without any treatment for optic neuritis. However, many people need treatment to improve vision or, at least, keep their symptoms from getting worse.

The most common treatment is a medicine called corticosteroids. For most people, taking corticosteroids helps improve their vision. Sometimes, it can even help vision return to what it was before optic neuritis.

It is very important to see an ophthalmologist at Westlake Eye Specialists if you have optic neuritis symptoms. Treatment can keep symptoms from getting worse and could save your vision. Call or click here to request an appointment with our Neuro-ophthalmologist, Dr. Stanciu.

 

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