Risk factors for optic neuritis arising from autoimmune disorders include:

  • Age. Optic neuritis most often affects young adults ages 20 to 40 years.
  • Sex. Women are much more likely to develop optic neuritis than men are by a ratio of 3-to-1.
  • Race. In the United States, optic neuritis occurs more frequently in whites than it does in blacks.
  • Genetic mutations. Certain genetic mutations might increase your risk of developing optic neuritis or multiple sclerosis.
Feb. 18, 2014