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Optic Atrophy: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Updated: Jun 13, 2023


Optic Atrophy occurs when the optic nerve gets damaged due to shrinkage by the degeneration of the retinal ganglion cell axons and stops carrying impulses from your eye to your brain. One of the most common reasons for the Atrophy (deuteriation) occurs due to poor blood flow and is more common in adults. Optic Atrophy causes multiple vision problems, eventually leading to the patient being blind.

What are the causes of Optic Atrophy?

Impulses are sent to the brain from the eye through the optic nerve which comprises of nerve fibres. Optic Atrophy occurs when these impulses aren’t able to be sent to the brain due to factors and interferences. These factors include:

  • Poor Blood Flow

  • Glaucoma

  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, otherwise known as a stroke in the Optic Nerve

  • Pressure on the Optic Nerve that is caused by a tumour

  • The Optic Nerve may get swollen due to inflammation caused by Multiple Sclerosis

  • A birth defect

  • Family History

What are the symptoms of Optic Atrophy and when should I see a doctor?

Symptoms of Optic Atrophy may seem mild in the beginning but it is imperative to visit your doctor at the earliest for any kind of vision problem.

Symptoms of Optic Atrophy include:

  • Blurry Vision or reduction in the sharpness of vision

  • Problems identifying colour

  • Problems with Side Vision or Peripheral Vision

  • All vision related issues must be dealt with as soon as symptoms start to appear as they may be a part of bigger health problems.

How does my doctor diagnose Optic Atrophy?

Optic Atrophy is diagnosed by an ophthalmologist using an op ophthalmoscope. The doctor will examine the optic disc, which is at the back of the eye where the optic nerve enters the eye. If the doctor suspects a tumour, you may be asked to get an MRI Scan.

Can Optic Atrophy be treated?

Although Modern Medicine does not have a cure for Optic Atrophy, the cure depends on that the cause of the problem is. For instance, if the cause of the Optic Atrophy is an inflammation due to MS or a Tumour, vision might return to normal when the inflammation reduces. For patients with Glaucoma, if Glaucoma is caught early, optic Atrophy can be treated to grow slower which is why it is important to visit your doctor as soon as problems in vision arise.

The most effective way of treating Optic Atrophy is with ADVANCED AYURVEDIC EYE CARE treatments provided by Sanjeevan Netralaya. Sanjeevan Netralaya has treated over 6 lakh patients suffering from an array of retinal issues with a 100% success rate. Moreover, our treatments are tailer made to every patient making sure they are treated to perfection without causing harmful and uncomfortable side effects.

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