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About 40% of people spontaneously recover part of their vision in non-arteritic ischaemic optic neuropathy. Recurrence of a second episode in the same eye is very uncommon. About 20% of people are estimated to suffer effects in the other eye over the following 5 years.
People with arteritic ischaemic optic neuropathy should receive corticosteroid treatment early to prevent the other eye from being affected. Loss of vision in the other eye occurs in 25%-50% of cases in a matter of days or weeks without this treatment. There is no effective treatment for arteritic ischaemic optic neuropathy and most of the vision lost is not recovered.
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