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Old 11-13-2011, 05:45 PM
 
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Default Eye Doctor - enlarged optic nerve

Hi Has anyone ever been told they had an enlarged optic nerve?

I have had very bad vision since I was about 13 ( I wear contacts with a -8.50 prescription). I am now 30 and my prescription is the same. I have always been going to America's Best Contacts and Eyeglasses because I do not havfe insurance and they charge $100 for 3 years of exams. I have been to many different locations because I have moved several times in the past years. Last year when I got my eyes dilated the doctor said I had enlarged nerves but it might be normal. I have seen this doctor before but she never said anything before. After that I went to another America's best location. The doctor looked at my eyes and said everything looked fine. Then, I asked do you see anything abnormal? And she said that my eyes had enlarged nerves, but that she sees it in a lot of patients. I find it strange that she did not say anything about the nerves until I asked about them. My eye pressure was 18 in both eyes. I have passed the visual field test. This was all about a year ago. Yesterday, I went to another America;s best location because I live in a new state now. The doctor said I had enlarged nerves (like a 6 or 7 he said- what does that mean?) The thing I am curious about is if my nerves just got large the last few years or even they just have never mentioned it before? Would every doctor mention it? I have never had any other eye problems, infections tears or anything besides the really bad vision. Thanks for any comments!
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:04 PM
 
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Don't know about your condition. However my ophthalmologist only mentioned a serious condition when discussing cataract surgery. Turns out he had been monitoring it for some years but there was nothing to be done yet. I guess it's common to not mention things but I found it very paternalistic.

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Old 11-14-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Catonsville, MD
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I have slightly elevated eye pressure which my ophthamologist monitors yearly with both an eye pressure test and a field of vision test (ohhh I hate those!) She said often with people who are quite near-sighted, there is elevated eye pressure and slightly swollen optic nerves. You have to have this monitored yearly because if the optic nerve swells too much or the eye pressure becomes too high, you will start to lose your vision. My doctor considers me to be pre-glaucomic - it may or may not turn into full-blown glaucoma. Are you seeing an optometrist or an ophthamologist? If America's Best does not have ophthamologists, you really need to be seeing one.
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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I have slightly elevated eye pressure which my ophthamologist monitors yearly with both an eye pressure test and a field of vision test (ohhh I hate those!) She said often with people who are quite near-sighted, there is elevated eye pressure and slightly swollen optic nerves. You have to have this monitored yearly because if the optic nerve swells too much or the eye pressure becomes too high, you will start to lose your vision. My doctor considers me to be pre-glaucomic - it may or may not turn into full-blown glaucoma. Are you seeing an optometrist or an ophthamologist? If America's Best does not have ophthamologists, you really need to be seeing one.
Thanks. The optometrist said he did not think I needed a referral to a glaucoma specialist because the pressure wasn't high and the enlarged nerves could be normal given my high prescription (-8.5)I was still freaked out though so I talked to another doctor who said that they commonly see larger cup to disc ratio in people who are extremely nearsighted. They said I should keep coming in for the yearly exam and checking the pressure. I had an eye dilation too and they said there was nothing wrong just noticed the enlarged nerves.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Catonsville, MD
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Glad you talked to another doctor. Where the eyes are concerned, you have to be checked often!
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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I have had enlarged optic nerves since i was a small child. I contracted Scarlett Fever and since then my optic nerves are 3 times the size they should be and every doc that sees me freaks out. It is normal for me and I have just got used to having my medical records shipped in ahead of me, saves me the time and money of them running the same tests over and over to say its normal for me. If you have had Scarlett Fever discuss with your doc and it may just be an odd side effect as it was with me and your vision, although far from perfect like mine, is probably bad for many other reasons and not from the enlarged nerves.
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