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How do vision problems from multiple sclerosis happen?

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For many people, the first symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS) is in their eyes. Often, MS causes optic neuritis, a condition that damages the nerve connecting the eye to the brain. It usually affects just one eye, but in rare cases it involves both.

SOURCES:

National MS Society: “What is multiple sclerosis?;” “Symptoms;” “Diagnosing MS;” “Optic neuritis;” and “Diagnosing MS.”

Marrie, R.A. Neurology, Jan. 2009.

Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th edition, 2012

UptoDate: “Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults.”

Miller, D.H. TheLancet Neurology, February 2012.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 23, 2020

SOURCES:

National MS Society: “What is multiple sclerosis?;” “Symptoms;” “Diagnosing MS;” “Optic neuritis;” and “Diagnosing MS.”

Marrie, R.A. Neurology, Jan. 2009.

Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th edition, 2012

UptoDate: “Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults.”

Miller, D.H. TheLancet Neurology, February 2012.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 23, 2020

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