Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve, which includes the bundle of nerve fibers which transmits visual information from your eye to your brain. Temporary vision and pain are most common symptoms of optic neuritis. It was identified that annual incidence, based on 147 patients, 118 females and 29 males, diagnosed with optic neuritis, was 1.46 per 100,000 person-years, 2.28 for females and 0.59 for males. The corresponding age-adjusted incidences were found to be 1.40, 2.28 and 0.53.
Treatment usually includes steroid medications such as Orason, Deltason, Prednison, Methylprednisolone or others which can speed up the persons vision recovery time. While treatment with steroids may have little effect on the end visual outcome of people with optic neuritis, people who are under medication with intravenous steroids have the risk of developing multiple sclerosis in two years when compared to people who do not receive such treatment.