Optic neuritis, as a result of the formation of demyelination plaques in the optic nerve, is one of the commonest early symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Hence, it is important that optometrists are aware of the symptoms of optic neuritis and of the conditions with which it can be confused. However, only a proportion of patients with optic neuritis will develop the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The first part of the article describes the symptoms and differential diagnosis of optic neuritis and its relationship with multiple sclerosis. In the second part of the article, the variety of visual changes and symptoms which can be observed in multiple sclerosis patients will be described.
|Number of pages||3|
|Specialist publication||Optometry Today|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1993|
- optic neuritis
- demyelination plaques
- optic nerve
- multiple sclerosis