Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve, which lies at
the back of the eye and carries visual information from the eye to the brain.
Optic neuritis may cause partial or total loss of vision, usually in one eye,
and is often associated with pain when the eye moves.
When optic neuritis causes partial vision loss, effects may
Symptoms of optic neuritis usually develop over a period of a few
days to a week and stabilize for several weeks or months. In many cases vision
then improves on its own. If not, steroid treatment usually works to relieve the inflammation.
Optic neuritis can be linked with other neurological and
inflammatory conditions, such as multiple sclerosis.
February 15, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
We are happy to take your appointment request over the phone, or, you may fill out an online request form.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.