If I have anterior ischemic optic neuropathy does that mean I have multiple sclerosis?
Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy is not associated with multiple sclerosis.
There are two forms of anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, non-arteritic and arteritic.
The arteritic form is usually seen in people above the age of 50 years old and is associated with giant cell arteritis (also known as temporal arteritis).
The non-arteritic form is usually seen in people above the age of 40 years old and may be associated with obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension (high blood pressure) or diabetes mellitus.
Benjamin Osborne, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology
Director, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Clinic
Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinic
Associate Director of the NIH/Georgetown Neurology Residency Program
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