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Swollen Optic Nerve Overview

Another name for Swollen Optic Nerve is Optic Neuritis.

What is optic neuritis?
A person with optic neuritis has inflammation of the optic nerve. Causes of optic neuritis include multiple sclerosis, infections, and diabetes. Optic neuritis occurs most commonly between the ages of 18 and 50.

What are the symptoms of optic neuritis?
Symptoms of optic neuritis include eye pain that worsens with eye movement, partial loss of vision, and poor depth perception. Additional symptoms of optic neuritis include vision changes: loss of central vision, loss of color vision, and lights that appear dim.

How does the doctor treat optic neuritis?
The treatment for optic neuritis depends on the underlying cause. Usually, treatment for optic neuritis includes oral and intravenous corticosteroid medications.

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Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Swollen Optic Nerve References
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