Eye pain – Can it be an indication of MS? | Eye Pain

Eye pain – Can it be an indication of MS?

The most common early symptoms of multiple sclerosis include visual disturbances. About 75% of people affected by multiple sclerosis suffer from visual disorders, which often begin with eye pain. Mostly, the visual disturbances result from an inflammation of the optic nerve, which can cause eye pain.

Those affected often report seeing through one eye as if through a mist or a veil. Sometimes colour vision is also impaired. In addition, there can be visual field failures and flashes of light.

Some sufferers also complain that they suddenly can no longer recognize small print. Once the optic nerve inflammation has subsided, the symptoms usually disappear. If the cause of the visual disturbance is paralysis of the eye muscles, those affected complain of double vision.