My recent optic neuritis

by Denise Theron
(Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

I was diagnosed with optic neuritis in May 2011. The sight in my left eye disappeared in two days. I was admitted to hospital and put on a cortisone drip. All tests including MRI gave no indication of the cause. I have a persistent herpes virus spot which appears from time to time and I was wondering if there is any connection. The doctors do not appear to think so. I am a white 60 year old female and have no apparent signs of MS.

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Mar 06, 2017
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by: patty

I had an optic neuritis attack in 2005 and lost my vision in my left eye. I never regained the sight although I can see some shadows . Is there anything that can help at this point? I was diagnosed with MS in 2000

May 15, 2013
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? SIDE EFFECTS FROM CORTISONE
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your post. My daughter of 25 yrs has just been diagnosed with optic neuritis and is due to go for an mri this morning followed by intravenous cortisone. What side effects did you experience from the cortisone?Did you have any long term side effects?

Jul 21, 2012
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Re: Optic neuritis
by: Brian Ang

It is recognized that there will be some residual damage to the optic nerve after the episode of optic neuritis resolves. I am not sure if there's anything that can be done about this.

Having said that, considering how poor your vision was during the course of the disease, I think the amount of recovery your eye has made has been amazing.

Kind regards,
Brian
www.vision-and-eye-health.com

Jul 21, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Hi there

Many thanks Brian - I have not recovered my sight fully - some days more squint than others, cannot determine why. I know that heat does seem to affect it. Any other suggestions as to why this is so.

Jul 21, 2012
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Re: My recent optic neuritis
by: Brian Ang

Dear Denise,

I agree that it is unlikely for your episode of optic neuritis to be related to the herpes virus spot that you occasionally get.

It is encouraging that your MRI scans were all clear and that you do not exhibit any of the typical MS symptoms.

What you had may just be an isolated episode of idiopathic optic neuritis which hopefully will not recur or cause you any problems in the future.

Kind regards,
Brian
www.vision-and-eye-health.com

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