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ischemic optic nuropathy
allmykidshavepaws posted:
I am now told that my left eye with ischemic optic nuropathy probably won't get any better, even though I was put on a 6 day routine of prednazone, and had an MRI of my brain to make sure there wasn't a tumor causing this problem. My sed rate was checked and it was 45, which is high, but not excessiveily. Any thing else I should be doing?
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
It sounds like you are doing the right things. Ischemic optic neuropathy which is associated with evidence of full body inflammation (temporal arteritis, giant cell arteritis) must be treated with systemic steroid medication.

Determining whether you have the diagnosis of temporal arteritis (generally occurs in people over 60 years old) and managing steroid medication calls for lots of medical expertise. We always worry about missing this diagnosis or insufficient treatment because vision loss can occur in the other eye if undiagnosed and not treated effectively.

It would certainly make me more comfortable if you are being seen by an experienced neuro-ophthalmologist or neurologist.

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