The optic disc in glaucoma: pathogenetic correlation of five patterns of cupping in chronic open-angle glaucoma

Trans Sect Ophthalmol Am Acad Ophthalmol Otolaryngol. 1976 Mar-Apr;81(2):217-23.


Visible alteration of the optic nerve head is a hallmark of glaucoma. Five patterns in which this alteration becomes manifest have been discussed. These different patterns of cupping suggest different pathogenetic mechanisms, both mechanical and vascular.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Glaucoma / diagnosis
  • Glaucoma / etiology*
  • Hemorrhage
  • Humans
  • Optic Disk*
  • Optic Nerve Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Optic Nerve*