Ischemic Optic Neuropathies

  • Jane W. Chan


Nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) is a relatively common disorder. The yearly incidence of NAION is 2.3 to 10.2 per 100,000 persons over 50 years of age and 0.5 per 100,000 for all ages.1 Although NAION usually affects patients older than 50 years, 2,3 it may also occasionally occur in younger patients. In a study by Hayreh et al.3 of 406 patients with NAION, the mean age of affected patients was 60 ± 14 years, with a range of 11 to 91 years. Eleven percent of the study patients were younger than 45 years, 49% were between 45 and 64 years, and 40% were 65 years or older. There is no sex predilection.3-5 Caucasians have a smaller cup-to-disc ratio compared to that of African Americans. Most patients affected with NAION are, therefore, Caucasians.6


Optic Disc Giant Cell Arteritis Optic Nerve Head Temporal Arteritis Temporal Artery Biopsy 


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  1. 1.Ophthalmology and NeurologyUniversity of Kentucky College of MedicineLexingtonUSA

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