I just took my wife to an on-call ophthalmologist today because she's had floaters & light flashes in one eye for over 24 hrs. The dx was basically aging (the vitreous gel hardening). The rx is to come back regularly (for monitoring). They can apparently laser repair the retina if they catch it starting to separate early enough.
I'm an engineer, but the approach is the same as for doctors: you check for the highest-probability causes of failure first. He should definitely see an ophthalmologist first. If
he has MS, the ophth will find either nothing or ON, and then it will be time to see a neurologist and relate every possible symptom he's ever had (and there are still plenty of possible causes of all of them that are more likely than MS).
IMHO his GP will probably have the least to offer...
Does anybody here have anything they could suggest? Am I right in suspecting that these symptoms might stem from MS (probably relapsing-remitting)? Is there anything to be gained from early diagnosis, or would he be better left in blissful ignorance of his (possible) condition?
Sure, theoretically every day you delay going on a DMD is a day you could sprout new lesions, but a few weeks is a lot less than the typical time between exacerbations. But I can't imagine any
circumstances where I would feel entitled to offer such a "diagnosis" (because I can't imagine going to medical school!).