This condition brings about severe inflammation in the optic nerves. These optic nerves are a bundle of nerve fibres that help in the transmission of visual details from the eye to the brain so that it may be processed in a normal manner. The main symptoms of this condition include pain and vision loss on a temporary basis.
HOW IS OPTIC NEURITIS DIAGNOSED?
An eye exam and an examination known as ophthalmoscopy to check the eye and vision would be carried out by an ophthalmologist. A pupillary light reaction test to check the response of the eye to bright light could also be performed. Other tests such as blood test and MRI scans might be performed to rule out any other disorders.
HOW IS OPTIC NEURITIS TREATED?
Optic Neuritis usually gets better on its own. Steroid medications may sometimes be needed to reduce the associated inflammation in the optic nerve. Possible side effects from steroid treatment include weight gain, mood changes, stomach upset and insomnia.
DID YOU KNOW?
The condition is often associated with multiple sclerosis, which is a disease that causes damage to the nerves in your brain and spinal cord.