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Optic Nerve Issues - Facing MS symptoms from A to Z




Multiple sclerosis is often first recognized by a condition known as optic neuritis. This is marked by an inflammation of the optic nerve, a common site for MS demyelination.



Popular complaints among MSers with optic nerve issues include blurriness, color-blindness, eye pain, and tunnel vision. These visual problems may be short-lived or ongoing. And in many of those living with MS, optic nerve issues may crop up temporarily when heat or physical exertion raise the body temperature. (This is a frequent part of the MS heat intolerance documented as Uhthoff’s Syndrome.)

MS optic nerve issues may affect one or both eyes. They are generally not addressed effectively with contact lenses or glasses. Steroidal treatments may be used, in an attempt to shorten the duration of such symptoms, although there are no guarantees. Often, vision restores (at least partially) in time.



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