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 The condition may cause sudden, reduced vision in the affected eye(s). While the cause of optic neuritis is unknown, it has been associated with autoimmune diseases, infections, multiple sclerosis, drug toxicity and deficiency of vitamin B-12. Vision often returns to normal within 2-3 weeks without treatment. In some cases, corticosteroids are given to speed recovery. If known, the underlying cause should be treated.Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve, the nerve that carries the visual signal from the eye to the brain.
Last updated: 1/11/2011
- Hoch DB. Optic neuritis. MedlinePlus. 2009; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000741.htm. Accessed 1/11/2011.
- Optic Neuritis. American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). 2011; http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/84. Accessed 1/11/2011.
- The Mayo Clinic Web site provides further information on Optic neuritis.
- MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers.
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- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Optic neuritis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.