Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Swollen Optic Nerve Evaluation

The evaluation of optic neuritis begins with a history and physical exam, including an eye exam.

Physical findings in someone with optic neuritis may include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Examination of the retina may reveal:
    • Pale, swollen optic disk
    • Hemorrhages in the retina
  • Herpes zoster involving the nose

Tests that may be used to evaluate optic neuritis may include:

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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