1. Brain Tumors
A potential brain tumor is one of the most common causes of optic nerve swelling, and it’s one of the first things that you should report to your doctor. If you experience any symptoms of papilledema, make an appointment and recall a detailed list of symptoms to your doctor – these are symptoms like chronic headaches, pain or pressure in the eyes and vomiting or nausea. Other associated symptoms of a brain tumor can include bloodshot eyes, memory loss, seizures, and fainting.
There are more symptoms than this, but ideally you should make an appointment with your doctor when you start to experience the first ones.
Statistics from the American Cancer Society estimates that just under 24, 000 cases of harmful brain tumors are diagnosed in the United States every year, and many of these could have been treated with early diagnosis. If you experience any symptoms, don’t wait to make your appointment.