Nature’s havoc continues: Optic Neuritis reported

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Optic neuritis uncovers a new form of black fungus, this becomes the first case in the world.

Kanpur: The first patient with optic neuritis from black fungus has been reported at Hallett Hospital in Kanpur city. Optic neuritis is often associated with multiple sclerosis and can be an early sign of the disease. Pain and temporary vision loss are common symptoms.

The claim is that this is not just the very first case in the country but in the world in which the veins of the eyes of the patients get swollen. Due to damage to the nerves, the patient loses his eyesight. Along with the treatment of the patient, doctors have also started research on 30-year-old Ashish who was suffering from optic neuritis and was admitted 15 days ago.

Optic neuritis uncovers a new form of black fungus. Dr Parvez Khan, Head of Ophthalmology Department of Hallett Hospital said that due to black fungus, many patients who came with artery blockage were successfully treated but this was the first patient with optic neuritis. At the moment, both his eyes have been greatly affected and his eyesight severely compromised. This fungal infection causes swelling of the veins and blood clots, due to which the patient loses his eyesight completely in some cases.

What is optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve, the nerve that sends messages from the eye to the brain and gets inflamed.  It rapidly sends electrical impulses from the eye to the brain where they are converted into visual information. It is often associated with multiple sclerosis and can be an early sign of the disease. When the optic nerve becomes inflamed, the myelin is damaged. Due to which the nerve fibre is not able to send messages to the brain and due to this eyesight can be lost. Optic neuritis usually gets better on its own. In some cases, steroid medications are used to reduce inflammation.

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