How can you heal optic neuritis when you have multiple sclerosis?
Optic neuritis due to multiple sclerosis will generally heal on its own spontaneously.
However, if your neurologist recommends it, you can be treated with high dose IV steroids (or equivalent oral steroids) for 3 days. Steroids will speed up the recovery of vision from optic neuritis due to MS however it will not change the final visual outcome. So eventually the vision will get better with or without steroid treatment.
The more important issue to discuss with your neurologist is how to treat your multiple sclerosis.
There are > 20 FDA approved therapies for treating/managing MS and that type of discussion needs to occur one on one with your neurologist.
Benjamin Osborne, MD
Director, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinics and MS/Neuro-immunology Fellowship Director
Associate Director of the NIH/Georgetown Neurology Residency Program
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
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