Evolution of descending optic atrophy. A case report

Acta Ophthalmol (Copenh). 1975 Nov;53(5):738-46. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-3768.1975.tb01189.x.


Fundus changes following severe trauma to the intracranial optic nerve were followed by means of serial fundus photography. The eye was completely blind. Little change was seen during the first 4 weeks. The retinal nerve fibre layer disappeared gradually during weeks 4 to 8. At the same time the retinal vessels turned narrow, and vascular pseudo-sheathing appeared close to the optic disc. Disc pallor was not maximal until the 12th week, when the peripapillary retina also had acquired a mottled appearance.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Axons
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Optic Atrophy / etiology*
  • Optic Disk*
  • Optic Nerve Injuries*
  • Optic Nerve*
  • Time Factors
  • Visual Acuity
  • Wounds, Gunshot