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No. An MRI doesn't rule out optic neuritis. And an optometrist would not optic neuritis if it reached up and bit him.
You should have a complete exam by an ophthalmologist. It does sound like you have some amount of optic nerve dysfunction. It should be documented so any change can be noted.
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It is impossible to know what you should expect in the future as it seems like no firm diagnosis has been reached yet. There are a number of conditions that can cause the vision changes you are describing, however optic nerve dysfunction is the most common. What caused the issues with your vision and, possibly, your nerve? That will require a complete workup by an ophthalmologist and, perhaps, even a neuro-ophthalmologist.
It is good that your symptoms have remained stable for the last year. I still believe it is important that you be examined by someone who actually knows something about ocular pathology and advanced treatment options.
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Thank you for the information. I believe it has remained fairly stable but it seems it may have gotten a little worse lately so I will probably go see someone. I live in a small town so we do not have a neuro-opthalmologist but there is probably one a few hours away so will consider that option.