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Optic Neuritis Causes & Risks

Causes

The cause of optic neuritis is often unknown. Known causes of the diseases include:

  • An attack on the optic nerve by a viral infection or by the body's own immune system
  • Exposure to toxic substances such as lead

Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chance of developing optic neuritis. If you have any of these risk factors, tell your doctor:

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2017 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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