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Eyes and sight

It’s very common for multiple sclerosis to cause eye problems, and many people with MS have problems with their vision at one time or another.

How does MS affect the eyes?

The most common problems with vision in MS are optic neuritis and eye movement problems

Optic neuritis is often an early symptom of multiple sclerosis, although you might have problems with your eyes at any time. Some people also have eye movement problems like twitching.

Most people make a good recovery from their eye problem, and if it doesn’t get better, there are places and people to turn to for support and practical help.

MS and eyes

MS can affect vision in different ways.

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Eye movement problems

The two most common eye movement problems in MS are double vision (diplopia) and involuntary eye movements (nystagmus).
Find out about eye movement problems
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Optic neuritis

Optic neuritis is the name for inflammation of the optic nerve. This is the nerve that carries messages from the eye to the brain. The effect it can have on your sight varies, from blurred vision to complete loss of sight, but most people will recover.
Read about optic neuritis
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Living with sight problems

However your vision is affected, there are usually things you can do to make it easier for you to carry out your normal activities.
Read about living with sight problems
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