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What causes optic neuritis?

Optic neuritis is associated with various diseases and conditions, such as:

  • mumps;
  • measles;
  • influenza;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • Leber’s optic neuropathy (a rare eye condition that runs in families);
  • vascular occlusions of the optic nerve.

In most cases, however, optic neuritis occurs with no known cause.

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