Complications arising from optic neuritis may include:
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- Optic nerve damage. Most people have some permanent optic nerve damage following an episode of optic neuritis, but the damage might not cause symptoms.
- Decreased visual acuity. Most people regain normal or near normal vision within several months. However, a partial loss of color discrimination may persist. For some people, vision loss may persist 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 other conditions such as thinning of your bones (osteoporosis).
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