Doctor Answers (1) on Optic Neuritis
This is quiet a rare disease like 1 in 50000 people.
As you have mentioned it -Optic neuritis-
It does have treatment but not a cure yet.
Patients need to take oral or injectable steroids to decrease the inflamation of nerve cells of optic nerve (nerve for vision);
As inflammation of optic nerve can lead to diminition of vision.
It is quiet recurrent -
I have seen patients taking steroid tablets for more than 5 years myself.
You boy need to get MRI scanning done to rule out Multiple sclerosis (demyelinating disease- its like degeneration of nerve cells) - it just doesnt happen to optic nerve cells alone - it can happen to any nerve cell in the body.
But on the other hand there is nothing much to worry - these individuals are quiet as normal as others - but with steroids.
Feel free to ask any query/ follow up
Hope it helps :)