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drusen on optic nerve

Please describe what is drusen on optic nerve. Who is affected and what is the reason for thiscondition? What is the composition of drusen?  What aggravates/ameliorates the condition? What is the prognosis?  

Are eye exercises and homoeopathic treatment likely to affect it, positively or negatively?

2.  Is drusen independent of strabismus or are the two connected?

3.  Are Bates exercises for Strabismus (eye turning inwards)effective?  

4.  can diet/supplementation help strengthen the muscles of the eyes?
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A condition involving retained hyaline bodies in the anterior optic nerve is known as optic nerve head drusen.  It is encountered in 1 percent of the general population.  Typically this is asymptommatic, but can result in visual field deficits or defects.  

Most of these cases can be followed serially - normally in 6-12 month exams.  An ultrasound can be considered for further evaluation in suspected cases.  In cases where there is visual defect, it can be treated with laser photocoagulation.  

I am not aware of eye exercising affecting people with this condition, not am I aware of its relationship with strabismus and Bates exercises.  I am also not aware of studies demonstrating improvement with diet and supplements.

You may want to consider an opthomology referral for further evalauation.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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