Eye Exam Helps Identify Multiple Sclerosis

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“Everyone is always surprised to hear that it was an eye doctor who discovered the MS.”

Janna, writer and Sacramento native, was officially diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012. When we heard her journey began 18 months earlier with an eye exam, we wanted to know more and sat down with both Janna and her eye doctor to get the full story.

Watch more of her story below.


  • Dorothy Kane says:

    Soon after I gave birth to my son in 1981 I started seeing double. I went to several eye doctors (optometrists & opthamologists). All of them said that one of my eyes was crossing and they didn’t know why. I know now I should have seen a neurological opthalmologist. My eyes straightened on their own in a couple of weeks. That’s what happens in Relapsing/Remitting MS. It wasn’t until I had different problems (vertigo & numbness in legs) in 1998 that I was finally diagnosed.

  • Shannon says:

    My opthamologist diagnosed or suggested I see a neurologist when I visited him due to severe pain in eye and loss of vision. My neurologist confirmed MS.

  • Mary says:

    It was the eye doctor who discovered my sister’s MS as well. Unfortunately, it has not been a very happy road over the past 20+ years.

  • Yvette says:

    A friend of mine went in for a routine eye exam. Half way through the exam the doctor stopped the exam and told her to go the emergency room right now. Alarmed, she asked him why and he stated that he couldn’t make a diagnosis without further testing but to go to the ER and tell them that your eye doctor strongly suggested that you come in. She went to the ER and didn’t leave the hospital until eight months later after being diagnosed with Papilledema. She returned to her eye doctor and thanked him for being instrumental in saving her life. That was thirty years ago and she is still around thanks in large part to her Optometrist.

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