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my ten year had her yearly eye exam and her doctor found that

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my ten year had her yearly eye exam and her doctor found that her optic nerves are swollen. he sent us for an MRI of her brain and nerves and everything came back normal. What could cause this and could it be caused by medications? The only thing that was different at the time of her exam since her last one a year prior was she started taking Paxil 10 mg. for anxiety. Please help!!
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stevens replied 8 years ago.

Hello there

This could also be due to calcium deposits on the tip of the optic nerve called optic nerve drusen. More serious things such as high intracranial pressure should be ruled out. So with a normal MRI, I would suggest a neurological exam making sure she does not have elevated intracranial pressure. Paxil is not known to cause swollen nerves. I wish her well, Dr. Stevens