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What will happen if the optic nerve is destroyed?
When a significant number of nerve fibers are damaged, blind spots develop in the field of vision. Once nerve damage and visual loss occur, it is permanent. Most people don’t notice these blind areas until much of the optic nerve damage has already occurred. If the entire nerve is destroyed, blindness results.
How does the optic nerve get damaged?
The problem most often affects older adults. The optic nerve can also be damaged by shock, toxins, radiation, and trauma. Eye diseases, such as glaucoma, can also cause a form of optic nerve atrophy. The condition can also be caused by diseases of the brain and central nervous system.
What diseases can damage the optic nerve?
There are many different types of disorders that can affect the optic nerve, including:
- Coloboma of optic nerve.
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
- Neuromyelitis optica.
- Optic nerve atrophy.
- Optic nerve drusen.
- Optic nerve pit.
- Optic neuritis.
Can vision be restored after optic nerve damage?
Damaged optic nerve and retinal cells do have the capacity to provide more function. Vision can be improved significantly through treatment, without encouraging new cell growth or optic nerve fibres to regenerate.
Can you be born with optic nerve damage?
A hereditary condition in which the person experiences loss of vision first in one eye, and then in the other (known as Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy). Improper formation of the optic nerve, which is a congenital problem (the person is born with it).
What happens when the optic nerve in the eye is damaged?
Optic neuritis is an inflammation that damages the optic nerve, a bundle of nerve fibers that transmits visual information from your eye to your brain. Pain and temporary vision loss in one eye are common symptoms of optic neuritis.
Can a damaged optic nerve heal?
Damage to the optic nerve is irreversible because the cable of nerve fibers doesn’t have the capacity to regenerate, or heal itself, when damage occurs. This is why glaucoma is an incurable disease at this point, and why early detection is so important.
What are the problems with optic nerve?
Because the optical nerve is the conduit between the eyes and the brain, any problems associated with it can cause problems with vision. Optic nerve hypoplasia is a condition that occurs when the optical nerve does not develop fully during pregnancy. This can cause mild to severe vision impairment in one or both eyes.
Can weakness of optic nerve be cured?
A: The weakness of optic nerve due to glaucoma generally does not reverse. Associated problems like refractive errors and cataract also cause vision loss which can be treated. Keep your eye pressure low to prevent progression of the problem.