Skip to content
Includes Expert Content
buldge on optic nerve
avatar
allmykidshavepaws posted:
My optician is refering me to a specialist because of a buldge pushing in on my left optic nerve. What causes this and what can be done to fix this?
Reply
 
avatar
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
Please give us a bit more information. I am somewhat confused because opticians (dispense eyeglasses) don't examine the eye or optic nerve. A "bulge" in the optic nerve as discovered by an optometrist or ophthalmologist could be an internal finding in the eyeball itself or something suspected along the optic nerve which runs between the back of each eye to the brain.

There are so many possibilities based upon "bulge" in optic nerve that its hard to explore even the more likely ones.
 
avatar
allmykidshavepaws replied to Alan M Kozarsky, MD's response:
Because of my insurance (Medicade), I had to go to the last "eye" dr. I had seen when I developed a dark spot in my vision. He now says that what I have is ischemic optic nueropathy, and it should resolve itself over time. He did a complete eye exam with dialation.
 
avatar
Alan M Kozarsky, MD replied to allmykidshavepaws's response:
Ischemic optic neuropathy is a condition in which there is decreased circulation to the nerve supplying vision to the eye. We usually get reasonably concerned when someone has this condition which usually shows itself as sudden blurred vision.
Of major importance is making sure the circulation problem to the nerve is not from inflammation because if it is, high dose oral or intravenous steroid treatment is urgently needed.

The vision problems which happen after ischemic optic neuropathy do not generally "resolve over time".

Whether misunderstanding or misdiagnosis, I am concerned that such potentially serious diagnoses are being spoken about so casually. So many doctors including ophthalmologists and neuro-ophthalmologists accept Medicaid patients. If your primary care doctor is required to refer you to an ophthalmologist or neuro-ophthalmologist, just tell him or her that your current eye doctor told you that you have ischemic optic neuropathy and that he said that it "resolves itself over time".


Featuring Experts

Alan Kozarsky, MD, is one of the leading corneal, cataract, and vision correction specialists in the country and was selected again this year by Atla...More

Helpful Tips

traumatic mydriasis
[br>Well , are second corneal transplantation surgery and fake iris implantation surgery performed simultaniously or separately ? ... More
Was this Helpful?
1 of 1 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.