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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 1/15/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all
I haven't been posting much lately but I have been reading and keeping up with all of you. 
I had an appointment with my opthomologist today.  He has been following me with my optic neuritis.  I just realized that not only do I have optic neuritis in my left eye but also my right is affected.  It kind of came as a shock to me although I think it has been going on for a while.  Today he said that my right eye was seeing better and I thought to myself "but the right eye was the good eye...was it not seeing well before?"  Apparently not.  No wonder I feel like I can't see anything!!  He also looked closely at my retina and saw a spot of inflammation in addition to the optic nerve damage.  AUGH!  I still have problems with eye movement, pain and some nystagmus as well.
Has anyone had experience with this.  I thought that typically optic neuritis only affected one eye?
It is so frustrating.  I just have such problems with this.  I am currently in a cytology selective for school and I love it, but I can't see any of the fine details.  All the colors are so dull and foggy.  I just feel so depressed about the whole situation.  We are coming up on a year since I was diagnosed and my vision has not improved and it has in fact gotten worse since I first presented.  I am sorry but I just needed to vent.  He seemed pleased that I had better vision in my right eye, but I am not pleased because I still can't see.  Does anyone know if there is anything they can do to make this better?
Thanks all.  I am so thankful to have found this site and have people to talk about this with :)

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 2135
   Posted 1/15/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you're having such vision problems.  While indeed optic neuritis generally affects only one eye, it unfortunately can affect both, as you're finding out.  And while it often does resolve over time, like most things related to MS -- that's not necessarily so.  As for how to improve your vision -- you really need to talk with the opthamologist about that.  I know that there are some aides for some vision problems related to having MS, but the only ones I know about are related to having double vision.  I wish I could be more helpful!

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 299
   Posted 1/16/2007 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry you're going through this, it has got be so frustrating.  He said your right eye is seeing better, does that mean it could keep improving?  I don't have any suggestions for you, but wanted to let u know we're here for you anytime you need to vent and we care.  yeah
Diagnosed with MS April 2006
Longstanding anxiety and depression
Currently on Betaseron

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