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A year ago vision in my right eye became blurry, it happened

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A year ago vision in my right eye became blurry, it happened overnight or possibly over the course of a couple days. Was referred to neurologist who suspected optic neuritis and ordered a brain mri with orbits. MRI was normal. Because of other symptoms I was experiencing he suspected Devic's disease but blood test for that was normal. Optometrist I see wants me to follow up twice a year, he saw no abnormalities on his exam. I also get headaches behind that eye but was told my symptoms were not consistent with ocular migraines. My vision out of that eye is still blurry and colors look more gray or not as bright out of that eye. Right now it doesn't affect me too much but I'm wondering what to expect and if it will get worse. Since my MRI was normal does that rule out optic neuritis? If it's not that, what else could it be? I've had no eye infections, redness or any type of irritation (except for the headache).
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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.

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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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I guess you have stepped away from your computer

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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.

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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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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

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.

Sounds like a plan. Best of luck to you. Take care.