Eye Conditions and Treatment

Ischemic Optic Neuropathy is treated in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service

Ischemic Optic Neuropathy

Optic neuritis is characterized by inflammation and swelling of the nerves in the eyes that transmit impulses from the retinas to the brain (optic nerves).  Sudden, painless loss of vision that occurs when the circulation to part of the optic nerve is compromised for reasons that remain unclear.  Loss of vision in the lower half of the eye is the most common consequence.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Sudden loss of vision (partial or total) in one eye

Treatment and Prevention

  • Experimental therapies to protect the optic nerve
  • Prisms, magnifiers and other low vision devices may help when there is partial vision