ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Complications arising from optic neuritis may include:
- Optic nerve damage. Most people have some permanent optic nerve damage following an episode of optic neuritis, but they may not have any symptoms resulting from this damage.
- Decreased visual acuity. Most people regain normal or near normal vision within several months, but for some people, vision loss may persist even after the optic neuritis has improved.
- Side effects of treatment. Steroid medications used to treat optic neuritis subdue your immune system, which causes your body to become more susceptible to infections. Long-term use of steroids may also cause thinning of your bones (osteoporosis).
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