Ischemic optic neuropathy

Neurol Res. 2008 Oct;30(8):794-800. doi: 10.1179/174313208X319107.


Ischemic optic neuropathy is the most frequent cause of vision loss in middle age. Clinical and laboratory research studies have begun to clarify the natural history, clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria and pathogenesis of various ischemic nerve injuries. As a result, physicians are acquiring new tools to aid in the diagnosis and potential treatment of ischemic nerve injury. The aim of this review is to examine recent data on anterior and posterior ischemic optic neuropathy and to provide a framework for physicians to manage and counsel affected individuals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blindness / pathology
  • Blindness / physiopathology
  • Blindness / prevention & control
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / diagnosis
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / physiopathology
  • Giant Cell Arteritis / therapy
  • Humans
  • Optic Disk / pathology
  • Optic Disk / physiopathology
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / pathology
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / physiopathology
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / therapy
  • Optic Neuropathy, Ischemic / diagnosis*
  • Optic Neuropathy, Ischemic / physiopathology
  • Optic Neuropathy, Ischemic / therapy*
  • Visual Acuity