Optic Neuritis: Commonly Asked Questions

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According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the UK, optic neuritis is associated with MS. Although the two conditions can be connected, they’re not consequential: not everyone who develops optic neuritis will go on to develop multiple sclerosis.

That being said, there is definitely a connection. Many neurologists consider optic neuritis as an early sign or first warning of multiple sclerosis. Patients may experience blurred vision, complete loss of sight, a blurred or blind spot in the center of their vision, or colour changes. They may also experience pain or flashes of light when moving their eyes.

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If any of these symptoms are present, a doctor may refer you to an ophthalmologist or neurologist to diagnose the condition. They may then conduct an MRI to see how well the optic nerve is working — and to see if there are any other signs of MS.

But why is optic neuritis a red flag for MS?

In this The Optic Neuritis Foundation, Inc. video, Dr. Robert Spector, MD, neuro-ophthalmologist takes some time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about optic neuritis.

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