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Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  tharun replied 7 years ago.

Was the swelling of the optic nerve noticed on the MRI?

Any other diseases?

Have you shown it to a doctor?

Any history of Multiple sclerosis in family?

Any other infections in the past?

Please let me know

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I went from an eye doctor to a recomended Optomologist. He wasn't sure why my nerve was swelling but my eye looked ok. He is going to recheck my vission field test. I went to my own doctor for the concern because of an aunt having cranilphyeringanoma..(sorry for the spelling). Just to make sure. He sent me for an mri but nothing was noted at all about the nerve. I have pressure behind the eye and movement. I am loosing my vision and perifierial very much so. I am concerned about why this is happening or if it is just stress related. No ms in the family that I am aware of. No infections I am aware of either

thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.

Hello, and thanks for your inquiry at

I am an ophthalmologist and would like to ask you a few follow-up questions to better be able to assist you with your concerns.

Is the swelling only in one eye?

Do you have any other symptoms such as weakness/numbness in any limb or face, difficulty holding your bowels or bladder?

Do your symptoms get worse when you get hot (such as a hot shower or when you exercise)?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
hI and thank you. Yes as a matter of fact the back of my upper thigh has been tingly and also I have been a little fatigued more then normal lately. I suppose when I am active my eye tends to throb more and my eye socket feels pressure. The swelling was on the right eye and most of the discomfort comes from that side of the head
Expert:  Dr. Dan B. replied 7 years ago.

This sounds like it may be what's called optic neuritis. This can be a precursor to multiple sclerosis. An MRI is an appropriate test in this case and if they didn't find any lesions on the brain that is fortunate.

A lab workup may be warranted, however, if this does not seem like optic neuritis to your ophthalmologist. Alternatively, you may consider a second opinion from another ophthalmologist or neurologist if there doesn't seem to be any consensus.

Optic neuritis responds well to IV steroids for quicker resolution, but the majority of people regain good, useful vision regardless (it just takes longer without steroids).

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Experience: Eye surgeon experienced in cataracts, glaucoma, retina & neuro-ophthalmology
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