Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects many organ systems in the body including the eyes. In fact, a vision problem is often the first symptom of MS.
With that in mind, here are three eye conditions common in people with MS. Sometimes, one of these conditions can even signal the onset of the disease.
Optic Neuritis – Symptoms and Treatment
Optic Neuritis or inflammation of the optic nerve is a common problem with MS. It usually occurs in one eye at a time and can cause:
- aching pain with eye movement
- blurred vision
- dim vision
- loss of color vision
Sometimes a dim spot called a scotoma can occur in the center of one’s visual field. Symptoms can come and go, and there are medications to accelerate recovery.
Nystagmus – Symptoms and Treatment
Nystagmus is an involuntary, uncontrolled movement of the eyes. It can be multidirectional and impact vision.
Like Optic Neuritis, Nystagmus can spontaneously remit, but there are medications to treat it.
Diplopia – Symptoms and Treatment
People with MS may also experience Diplopia or double vision. This occurs when the nerves that control eye movement are inflamed or damaged. Some patients see two side by side images while others see one image on top of another.
Diplopia may resolve without treatment. If it doesn’t, medication, patching one eye, or wearing special lenses can help.
Visit Your Ophthalmologist Regularly
It is very important for those with MS to see their Ophthalmologist on a regular basis and when new eye symptoms occur. It’s more beneficial to treat eye conditions related to the illness sooner rather than later.
If you have Multiple Sclerosis and live in the central New Jersey area, contact us to set up an appointment with Dr. Scharfman or Dr. Shah. Both are highly experienced in treating MS-related eye conditions.