Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma, Radiation and Vision Issues

Posted by Melissa Kimbrel-James @mkjames, Fri, Sep 6 2:53pm

Hey guys! I am 37 years old & was recently diagnosed with an optic nerve sheath Meningioma. In a matter of three years I have lost all vision in my right eye. Most would think, as I did, you have 2 eyes- you’ll be okay with just one & boy was I wrong. My life has changed drastically! Between no longer driving at night (or in the rain) & the balance and double vision issues, I have slowed down a lot!
I am currently at the half way mark of my radiation vacation at Mayo in Jacksonville & I have a wonderful team taking care of me & couldn’t ask for any better. ❤️
I am interested to see if any of you treated with radiation, with vision issues, regained any of your sight?

Hi Melissa, I modified the title of your discussion to focus on radiation treatment for optic nerve meningioma and vision issues. I'd like to bring fellow members @alpineir @pranas @nancye3 @07ram @pegorr @kiturah @tammywyatt @kelliegirl33 into the discussion in the hopes that they have experiences to share with you.

You might also appreciate this discussion happening in the Hearing Loss group.
– Balance issues and hearing loss https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/balance-issues-and-hearing-loss/

In particular, see the second message in the discussion that Joyce posted about proprioception and VRT (Vestibular Rehab Therapy). While your balance issues stem from vision issues, I wonder if any of her tips might ring true for you? Melissa, what type of radiation are you getting?

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Hi Melissa!

I was diagnosed at age 13 with this and it took the vision from my left eye. When I started I had zero vision. Upon completion of radiation (30 treatments), I had some Peripheral vision return (I could count cards with my left eye only). After a year I believe I lost all vision in my left eye. I didn't even know I was blind in that eye until I had a sports physical! I'm so sorry that you are having these issues with balance. I do know that driving at night is harder for me, but I make sure to keep my distance from the other vehicles.

I hope this has provided some comfort as you are not alone in this. Are you having any symptoms from the radiation? Mine just made me very sleepy, and hungry!

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@colleenyoung

Hi Melissa, I modified the title of your discussion to focus on radiation treatment for optic nerve meningioma and vision issues. I'd like to bring fellow members @alpineir @pranas @nancye3 @07ram @pegorr @kiturah @tammywyatt @kelliegirl33 into the discussion in the hopes that they have experiences to share with you.

You might also appreciate this discussion happening in the Hearing Loss group.
– Balance issues and hearing loss https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/balance-issues-and-hearing-loss/

In particular, see the second message in the discussion that Joyce posted about proprioception and VRT (Vestibular Rehab Therapy). While your balance issues stem from vision issues, I wonder if any of her tips might ring true for you? Melissa, what type of radiation are you getting?

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Thank you so much! I just completed 28 days of fractionated radiotherapy. No improvement yet, but my fingers are still crossed. The Drs seem to think there is a small possibility, but not likely, that my eyesight will come back. Thanks so much for the balance article. It is so well written, like an instruction manual. Will definitely be trying this out. So thankful for people like you & this wonderful resource!

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@colleenyoung

Hi Melissa, I modified the title of your discussion to focus on radiation treatment for optic nerve meningioma and vision issues. I'd like to bring fellow members @alpineir @pranas @nancye3 @07ram @pegorr @kiturah @tammywyatt @kelliegirl33 into the discussion in the hopes that they have experiences to share with you.

You might also appreciate this discussion happening in the Hearing Loss group.
– Balance issues and hearing loss https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/balance-issues-and-hearing-loss/

In particular, see the second message in the discussion that Joyce posted about proprioception and VRT (Vestibular Rehab Therapy). While your balance issues stem from vision issues, I wonder if any of her tips might ring true for you? Melissa, what type of radiation are you getting?

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A year ago I was diagnosed with a Meningioma on the Optic Nerve. They did surgery however just increased room for it to grow (I wanted them to just remove it). It is on the total left optic nerve (I have vision issues and headaches). My last MRI 6 months after surgery indicated it has modest growth.
I need input on what I should do now.

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