Sight problems

Meningitis can cause sight problems which may be permanent or temporary

After-effects of meningitis - sight loss LB

After meningitis

  • Meningitis can damage the nerve responsible for sight (the optic nerve), resulting in partial loss of vision or blindness in one or both eyes
  • Many people experience temporary eyesight difficulties due to optic nerve swelling after meningitis
  • If you are experiencing sight problems, contact your GP as you should be referred to an ophthalmology department for further treatment and support

We can help

Sight problems can cause major changes in lifestyle for the individual, family, school etc. For support and information please contact us as there may be ways we can help you. 

Other organisations that can help

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Offers support, information and advice to those with sight loss.

Affected by sight problems after meningitis?

We can help you. Please contact us for more information on our other free support services that can help you. Call our Meningitis Helpline on 0808 80 10 388 or email us

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