Optic Nerve Diseases

Optic nerve disorders are a set of diseases that disrupt the normal function of the eye. The optic nerve is located at the back of the eye and is responsible for carrying messages to/from the brain where visual information is decoded. When this nerve is damaged due to disease, such as glaucoma, age or sports-related trauma, the nerve’s ability to function becomes compromised. Those with multiple sclerosis and pseudotumor cerebri often suffer optic nerve damage as a result of their illness.
The underlying causes of the optic nerve disorder, such as multiple sclerosis or trauma, must be detected early in order to avoid more damage. Regular eye exams are key to preventing vision loss.