Complications arising from optic neuritis may include:

  • 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).
Feb. 18, 2014