Optic Neuritis (cont.)

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What is the prognosis for optic neuritis?

The prognosis depends on the underlying cause. Most episodes resolve spontaneously, with return of vision in two weeks to three months. About 90% of people with optic neuritis will recover most of their vision within six months of onset. However, about 14% will have a recurrence of optic neuritis in the affected eye, and 12% will develop optic neuritis in the other eye within 10 years. If the patient has one or more abnormal lesions on the MRI, the risk of MS within 15 years is 72%.

Where can I find more information on optic neuritis?

American Academy of Ophthalmology

Medically reviewed by William Baer, MD; Board Certified Ophthalmology


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