Retrobulbar Neuritis is also known Optic Neuritis.
Retrobulbar neuritis is inflammation (the
suffix "-itis" usually indicates "inflammation")
of the optic nerve, which is located behind the eye.
Retrobulbar neuritis can cause the perception of blurred
vision through the affected eye(s). Symptoms may include some, but not
necessarily all of the following:
- Blurred or dimmed vision,
- Blind spot at or near center of vision,
- Colours appearing paler than usual,
- Pain when moving or attempting to move the affected eye(s),
- Tenderness of the eye to touch or pressure,
- Severely reduced vision / blindness in the affected eye(s).
Retrobulbar neuritis is one of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) but can also occur due to other infections, or independently
of any other symptoms and pass with full recovery of vision as experienced
before through the affected eye(s).
The duration of an instance of retrobulbar neuritis is likely to depend on the cause - of which there are many possibilities.
In some cases retrobulbar neuritis may become a recurrent
problem, that is, it may appear to have ceased only to return some time
Medical attention is important because retrobulbar neuritis may result in serious damage to vision if not treated appropriately. If in doubt seek professional advice.