Optic Nerve Compression

Optic nerve compression occurs when a mass (like a tumor or a build-up of pus or other fluid) forms in the brain and presses on the optic nerve, causing eye pressure. It may cause vision problems and can lead to blindness.

Overview

Overview

Symptoms

In addition to poor vision, optic nerve compression symptoms may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • An increased “blind spot”
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Unexplained nausea and vomiting

Diagnosis

To diagnose the condition, your doctor will ask about your symptoms. He or she may also order a CT or MRI scan to see if your nerve is being squeezed.

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Treatment Options

Treatment Options

If you have pressure on your optic nerve, you may need surgery to ease the discomfort. Your expert team of Aurora neurosurgeons may perform surgery using the Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA), a minimally invasive procedure in which your surgeons access the optic nerve through the nasal passages, resulting in no visible incisions, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

In addition, your doctor may recommend radiation therapy (if you have a tumor) or antibiotics (if you have an infection).

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