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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3458356, 7 pages
Research Article

Optic Neuritis in the Older Chinese Population: A 5-Year Follow-Up Study

1Department of Ophthalmology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China
2Department of Ophthalmology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Hospital, Beijing, China
3Department of Neurology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Shihui Wei

Received 15 June 2017; Revised 26 September 2017; Accepted 9 October 2017; Published 11 December 2017

Academic Editor: Biju B. Thomas

Copyright © 2017 Junqing Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. This study aims to describe the clinical manifestations and outcomes in a cohort of older Chinese patients. Method. A retrospective study of patients aged ≥ 45 years who had a first episode of optic neuritis (ON) between May 2008 and November 2012. Clinical features at onset and last follow-up were analyzed within subgroups (age 45–65 years and age ≥ 65 years). Results. 76 patients (99 eyes) were included, of which 58% were females. The mean age at presentation was 55.53 ± 8.29 years (range: 45–83 years). Vision loss was severe at presentation, with initial best corrected vision activity (BCVA) < 20/200 in 93% and final BCVA < 20/200 in 53% of patients at 5-year follow-up. Final BCVA significantly correlated with the initial BCVA and peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer. At last follow-up, 14.5% were diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), 1.3% were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), 5.2% with chronic relapsing inflammatory optic neuropathy, 1.3% with infectious ON, and 19.7% with autoimmune ON. None of the elderly group (≥65 years) developed NMOSD or MS. Conclusion. Chinese patients in the age group ≥ 65 years with ON are less likely to develop NMOSD or MS. Notwithstanding, they had more severe visual loss at onset and poor recovery.