One of the most common symptoms of optic neuritis is a pain that occurs around the eye. Because the eye is one of the most fragile parts of the body, many different variables can cause pain to occur, including superficial damages. In optical neuritis patients, up to one-third of all cases are characterized by visible swelling, sometimes including swelling of the blood vessels around the nerve, a condition known as papillitis. Alternatively, inflammation can occur behind the eyes, which may be harder to diagnose. In any case, movement or exercise may make the pain worse.
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