I want to know if Lemtrada is right for me? Five years ago I was diagnosed with chronic idiopathic optic neuritis related to MS. I've lost most of my vision after multiple bouts of ON most of which occurred in the last 3 years. Each time I loose yet another slice of vision. I have no other MS symptoms, I'm 65 years old. I've not been able to find any data on Lemtrada that directly relates to my situation, making it difficult to make an informed decision. My goal of course is to keep the small amount of vision that I have left. Lemtrada could be right for you and you would need to discuss that with your neurologist.
Lemtrada is one of the most potent medications available for treating multiple sclerosis and may help prevent you from having further attacks of optic neuritis.
That being said, you should discuss with your neurologist to make sure you do not have another cause of your optic neuritis as there is another disease called neuromyelitis optica (NMO) that commonly causes repeated attacks of optic neuritis and vision loss; however the treatments for NMO and MS are different.
Benjamin Osborne, MD
Departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology
Georgetown University Hospital