What is optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis means inflammation (swelling) of your optic nerve. For most people, although this can cause some problems with vision in the short term, optic neuritis normally gets better on its own and does not usually cause any lasting loss of vision.

For many people with optic neuritis, vision typically gets worse over a period of several days to two weeks and then begins to improve.

If you have had optic neuritis once, there is some risk that it may develop again in either eye.

More information can be found on our optic neuritis web page.

We also have a optic neuritis factsheet:

For more information and advice about optic neuritis an other eye conditions please contact our Helpline:

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