Optic Neuritis and MS

The Optic Neuritis disorder is one of the most common types of neuro-ophthalmic disorders, and is frequently associated with multiple sclerosis. Initially, patients complain of “weird” visions, where images or colors may not be as vivid as they used to be. This irregularity of vision is caused by inflammation of the optic nerve and usually affects one eye at a time.

Sometimes these unusual visual changes can lead to a finding of multiple sclerosis upon performing an MRI of the brain. Once that diagnosis is made, treatment ensues with a high dose of IV steroids to resolve the inflammation. Unfortunately, in one-third of patients who suffer from this diagnosis, no improvement of the vision can be found. Sometimes their vision actually worsens.

If you are experiencing any type of “weird” vision, especially where images and colors are fading, please click here to make an appointment to see us as soon as possible. Waiting could damage the optic nerve further, and you could run the risk of losing your vision all together. Call us at 316.264.8932 or click here to visit our contact page.