Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy

Arch Neurol. 1981 Nov;38(11):675-8. doi: 10.1001/archneur.1981.00510110035002.


Though anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) has been widely reported, it is not fully appreciated as one of the commonest causes of impaired vision in persons past middle age. These patients are not infrequently suspected of having an intracranial tumor. This article reviews the clinical features of AION and discusses its pathogenesis and treatment.

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Fundus Oculi / physiology
  • Humans
  • Ischemia / complications*
  • Ophthalmoscopy
  • Optic Nerve / blood supply*
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / diagnosis
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / drug therapy
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / etiology*


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones