7. September 2011 13:10
Optic disc drusen is an ailment that affects the eyes and overall vision of the person afflicted from it. It is a nervous disorder that causes failure of the macular region in the eyes. There are yellow deposits that are formed in the optic nerve in this disease and the symptoms around it start to manifest themselves usually when a person enters teenage. There may also be formation of calcium deposits inside the eye organs.
Causes of Optic disc drusen:
- The exact cause of this ailment has not been pinpointed by medical practitioners and scientists till date. It is believed that genetic abnormalities may be responsible for this disease. The presence of this disease is generally based on hereditary factors and is dependent on whether your forefathers suffered from this disease at some point in their lives or not.
- One of the symptoms that can help identify the presence of this disease is a swelling of the area related to the optic nerve.
- There is also a significant effect on the overall vision of the patient. There is a loss of side vision but the patient may still be able to see things clearly for effective functioning. This disease is not accompanied by a complete vision failure. However, in some cases, there may be a significant loss in the ability to see things clearly.
- In some types of Optic disc drusen, there can also be a loss in central vision. This is caused when there is a formation of new blood vessels near the optic nerve. This is but a complication of this disease that can only be observed in some patients.
- There is no sure shot cure or standardized treatment procedure that is practiced by doctors all over the world. However, there are certain prescribed treatments that may be tried, leading to different results in different patients. Laser therapy and injections of VEGF inhibitors are usually tried by most eye doctors to bring about an improvement in the condition of patients.
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