In most cases, vaccination helps to prevent serious illness. However, in rare instances, a vaccine can cause a serious injury. One injury that can result from a vaccine is optic neuritis, an eye injury.
Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve. This inflammation can lead to a temporary loss of vision and eye pain. It can also lead to permanent nerve damage. While optic neuritis is most commonly associated with multiple sclerosis, in rare cases vaccination can lead to this condition.
How do you know if you have optic neuritis after a vaccine?
If you have eye pain, reduced vision, reduced color vision or see flashing lights, these may be symptoms of optic neuritis. These symptoms often appear within 24 hours of the vaccination, but they can also appear weeks after you received the vaccine. If you have these symptoms following a vaccination, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
What vaccines can lead to an eye injury?
A number of vaccines have been shown to cause optic neuritis in limited circumstances. This includes vaccines for:
- Influenza (flu)
- Hepatitis B
Your options after developing optic neuritis
In most cases, optic neuritis is treatable and the symptoms may improve over time. However, the cost of any medical treatment can add up quickly. Luckily, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program provides money to victims of vaccine injuries in the U.S. While optic neuritis is not on their list of common vaccine injuries, it is possible to secure damages for this injury. An attorney can guide you through this process and represent your interests before the Vaccine Court.