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Having Optic neuritis in left eye. Taking steroids. Any alternate medication to reduce, stop swelling?

My wife has MS R/R type. She had optic nuritis in right eye at the start. It cleared up after 2 years. Now her left eye is acting up 3 years latter. She feels symptom free near the ocean or in Las Vegas. Is there a known connection with being at sea level? Besides steriods for her eye is there any other medication to reduce or stop the swelling?
Asked On : Sun, 29 Jul 2012
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Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerve usually seen in association with multiple sclerosis.
Her feeling of symptom free at sea level is because of the fact that at sea level humidity is high. The symptoms in optic neuritis get worsen on exposure to high temperature.
The mainstay of treatment is by steroids in acute attack.
Immunomodulators are required in patients with multiple sclerosis to prevent blinding complications associated with optic neuritis. I advice you to consult your eye doctor or immunologist for immunomodulation therapy as your wife is having multiple sclerosis.
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