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White optic nerve

04/16/2007

Question:

I have diagnosed with a white optic nerve recently. I went to a opthamologist and my regular eye doctor. In January I had a vaginal hysterectomy which did damage to the nerves that run from my bladder upward. My question is could the nerve damage to the bladder be related to having the optic nerve to turn white? My vision is significantly changed since the surgery. I am really concerned.

Answer:

These are unrelated incidents. Optic atrophy can have multiple causes. Your doctor should be able to tell you the most likely cause for this problem.

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Response by:

Cynthia Gale Heard, OD Cynthia Gale Heard, OD
Formerly
Assistant Professor, Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University