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Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve inside or behind your eyeball
is that something that could be seen without any kind of enhancers (gadolinium)?
do you mean optic neuritis?
the inflammation of the optic nerve... is it something that can be identified without any enhancing dye?
Optic neuritis can be seen by an ophthalmologist during an eye exam. There is a form called retrobulbar optic neuritis that can't be seen by the eye doctor. Usually this is a clinical diagnosis and MRI imaging is not done.
However, to answer your question it would show up on MRI a lot better with gadolinium enhancement.
The symptoms you discuss in your post are more consistent with a vascular problem.
even if it is just one eye?
yes. It would be, usually, just in one eye. You would need a complete eye exam by an ophthalmologist. After that, depending on what is found, you may need various degrees of examination of your carotid system, heart, great vessels etc.
Your symptoms are not consistent with ocular migraines.
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The neurologist that diagnosed me in 2006 said that it was ocular migraines... so his diagnosis was wrong?
In early 2006 I was hit in the head hard enough to cause me to have a deviated septum and a black eye for 2 weeks and that was about the time that I started noticing problems with my eyes
Would a tear in my carotid artery also cause double vision?