Eye Conditions and Treatment

Optic Neuritis is treated in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service

Optic Neuritis

Optic neuritis is the most common optic nerve disease to affect young people. The average age at the first attack is 31 years, but teenagers and persons over 40 may develop this disease for the first time. It is an inflammatory disease of uncertain cause, which affects more women than men.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Blurred central vision (the vision used to read and see fine detail)
  • Reduced sensation of light brightnes
  • Reduced color vision
  • Commonly there is aching pain in the eye made worse by eye movement
  • The pain often goes away within a week or so but the blurred vision lasts for weeks to several months

Treatment and Prevention

  • Steroids

Eye Facts logo linkFor a deeper understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plan for optic neuritis, see Optic Neuritis Eye Facts.