Experiencing Optic Neuritis for the First Time

by Kari

April 23rd, 2012 I was diagnosed with optic neuritis. I had an MRI indicating no signs of MS or a stroke. The doctor had me on 5 IV sterioid treatments, prednisone pills and I just had 5 treatments of plasma exchange. As of right now, I still have not regained sight in my eye. The only thing I can see is some movement, but that is it. I saw my ophthamology doctor on Friday and said I'm making an improvement and as of right now I'm not any medication. I'm wondering if there is some other type of treatment, things I can do or cut out or if acupuncture would maybe help. The next step with the doctor is referring me to see a neurologist. Any help or feedback would be appreciated.

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Sep 30, 2015
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It is inflammation of the optic nerve and causing blurred vision. The main symptom is loss of color vision.

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May 21, 2012
Optic neuritis for the first time
by: Brian Ang

Dear Kari

I am sorry to hear that you have recently developed optic neuritis and that your progress seems to be slow despite having had intravenous steroid as well as plasma exchange.

I am assuming that your optic neuritis is due to demyelination and not from any other cause, such as infection. In most people, demyelinating optic neuritis will resolve by itself without treatment. Most likely, your vision will slowly recover and improve over 6 to 12 weeks. However, it can sometimes take a good number of months before your vision recovers.

I am not aware of any benefit of dietary supplements or acupuncture for optic neuritis. Perhaps it may be better at this point to concentrate on doing the healthy things, like eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, having a well-balanced diet, avoiding cigarette smoke and junk food, exercising regularly and having sufficient rest. I firmly believe that the healthier your body is, then the better able your body and eye to recover from illness.

Good luck, and all the very best!

Kind regards,
Brian Ang

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