Optic neuritis....how or does it differ for everyone?

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Marie-Claire
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   Posted 10/6/2007 1:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
For those of you who have experienced an optic neuritis ....can you describe your symptoms to me. I've talked to different people in my support group who all seem to have had different experiences. I'm now having problems with one eye but it doesn't seem that serious....wondered how bad your eye problems were before you seeked medical attention?
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.
 
 


uppitycats
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   Posted 10/6/2007 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Optic neuritis is just one thing that can affect the vision of someone with MS. There are other vision problems that sometimes people will call "optic neuritis" when they really aren't.  Optic neuritis is a swelling of the optic nerve. It can cause pain (but not always), loss of color vision, a paling or distortion of color in that eye, sometimes loss of peripheral (side) vision, among some other things.
 
Other vision problems might be blurred vision, or nystagmus -- where the eye seems to "jump around", or difficulty focusing. This isn't ON, but can happen with MS.
 
I'm a wimp about my eyes.  If there is anything wrong, I'm off to an opthamologist (a doctor whose specialty is vision and disease/injury that can affect vision, not an optometrist who can fit folks for glasses).
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Marie-Claire
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   Posted 10/6/2007 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks uppitycats,
I guess it's time I get my eyes checked properly. I've been putting it off, because here in B.C. on social assistance disablitity the eye exam isn't covered. But I guess I'd better stop putting it off....my eye jumps around and is blurry even with my corrective glasses.
Mary
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.
 
 

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