– Optic Neuritis –
For a lot of people Optic Neuritis is their intro to MS. Eye pain, loss of color and blurry vision. What happens is the Optic Nerve gets inflamed, and the inflammation prevents the nerves from transmitting the visual information to the brain. The closest thing I have found to describe it is that feeling after you look directly into a bright light or camera flash.
The image of the deer is pretty close to what my left eye does. It’s something that’s always there, although the severity goes up and down. I have almost gotten used to it at this point. I do however clean my glasses a ton thinking my lens is smudged. Sometimes I end up focusing on the “smudge” so intently, that I suddenly realize people think I’m staring at them. Awwwkward…
Are you having eye issues? The good news is, if you have some symptoms of ON you can get it checked out at your regular ol’ eye doctor. No need for a Neurologist, Specialist or Ocular Shaman.
This could be classified as a symptom of MS that you can actually see. Well, at least, the person who has it can see it. Did I just write a MS joke? It needs some work, but it’s a start.
Photos by Meghann Prouse Indie Photographer