MS Vision-related Symptoms: Rethink Multiple Sclerosis Relapses

Vision-Related Symptoms of MS

Changes in vision are a common symptom of multiple sclerosis. You may hear your doctor refer to these symptoms as optic neuritis. Optic neuritis occurs when MS causes your immune system to mistakenly attack the fatty protein sheath that surrounds the optic nerve, making it unable to properly transmit light and images. Symptoms of optic neuritis can manifest in various ways, including blind spots, blurred vision, loss of color vision, vision loss, and pain upon eye movement, among other potential symptoms.


Though these symptoms are usually transient and not necessarily indicative of a relapse, it is nevertheless important to identify vision problems as soon as possible to ensure that you can be prepared to deal with them. Treatments are available for vision problems that can arise as a result of MS. You can click on the following link to learn about one potential treatment option.


What do common vision-related symptoms of multiple sclerosis look like?


Scroll through the images below to see how they may appear to someone with the various potential symptoms of optic neuritis.


A blind spot, or scotoma, in your visual field can be one potential symptom of MS-associated vision loss. Blinds spots typically occur in the central field of vision, and manifest as a dark spot in the center of a viewed image, with only the edges of the image remaining visible.


Besides vision disturbances, other eye-related symptoms of MS can occur, including twitching (nystagmus), pain upon eye movement, or a feeling of irritation in the eye, among others. If you experience any issues with vision loss, consult your physician immediately.


Symptoms of optic neuritis vary from person to person and may differ from the examples shown.