Finding Multiple Sclerosis During Your Eye Exam11:30 AM
Multiple Sclerosis is a medical condition that has become very personal to my heart. My husband works for a company that specializes in making MS medications, and as an optometrist, I see patients regularly that have been diagnosed or are starting new treatments that could even have ocular side effects (Gilenya). Interestingly, many cases of MS are originally found during a routine eye exam. My patients often ask me what I would see in a patient with MS to prompt an investigation for the disease. Here's a break down of the most common ocular signs that your doctor is looking for that are suspicious for MS:
|Optic Nerve Edema (swelling at the optic nerve) is a hallmark of optic neuritis. Unfortunately, MS is|
more commonly associated with retrobulbar optic neuritis, meaning that the eye will look perfectly normal
during your eye exam.
|This is a great artistic rendition of an abnormal red cap test result. The normal eye on the right has better|
color saturation of the red eye drop cap than the eye on the left in this case. Via
4) Decreased Eye Muscle Movement Ability or Double Vision