Optic Neuritis

Experts at our Regional Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center work with each child to develop a customized treatment plan, including long-term follow-up care tailored to your child's needs.

When necessary, we collaborate with other specialists at UCSF or elsewhere to ensure that your child receives the most comprehensive care possible. Because we are part of an international network of six pediatric MS centers sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, we have access to the latest information, research and treatments.

In the majority of children, vision problems and eye pain will improve dramatically or disappear completely within a few days or weeks. Sometimes it takes up to six months for full recovery, while some children experience long-term vision problems.

Treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition and whether your child is at a high risk for recurrent episodes and developing multiple sclerosis (MS).

Some children are treated with intravenous (IV) and oral steroids, which can accelerate recovery. Research has shown that high doses of IV steroids in patients who are at a high risk of developing MS may delay the onset of MS.

At this time, there is no single treatment that will absolutely prevent the development of MS in high-risk children with optic neuritis.

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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Multiple Sclerosis Center
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-3939
Fax: (415) 353-3543
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