I have positive Relative afferent pupillary defect (RAPD) and inflammation of the optic nerve, should I be worried?

I have positive rapd and inflammation of the optic nerve, should I be worried? After a visit to the doctor with headaches nausea and fatigue and a visit to my optician as I was suffering blurred vision in my left eye, I was referred to the opthamologist where they discovered the rapd and inflammation. I was sent for a ct scan the same day and have a follow up appointment in two weeks. I’m so worried that it’s something serious ( thanks to google) it’s freaking me out. I’m 35 with 3 children. They checked my blood pressure which was 137/40, she said it was a bit on the high side for my age, any advice would be appreciated.

Age: 35
Medications: Thyroxine

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Domina Zluf
6:55 pm

In my opinion diagnosing RAPD is difficult. Your doctors are taking the right steps and further testing is needed to confirm. You need to wait for the test results. If positive, there are different treatments and options available.

Arti Sharma
11:49 pm

Hello.You need tests for detecting the cause of your RAPD.Swinging light tests are quite accurate in diagnosing if done correctly .It could also be related to your thyroid disorder.I would suggest a complete ophthalmological evaluation.Keep me posted.Take care!

Haleema Yezdani

Yes inflammation of the optic nerve could be due to many reasons like auto immune disorders. Please see an ophthalmologist for the same. If it is not treated early you may lose your eye sight.