On occasion, inflammation of the optic nerve is related to a condition known as Optic Neuritis. This is a condition that is sometimes, but not always, related to Multiple Sclerosis. It typically presents with an acute, painful loss of vision that is most common in young females. In most instances, follow up studies involve an MRI and oftentimes, full neurologic evaluation with lumbar puncture is necessary to determine long term treatment. In its acute onset, intravenous steroids may be helpful.
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