Leber's optic atrophy
Leber's optic atrophy is also known as:
- Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON),
- Optic atrophy,
- Leber's optic neuropathy, and
- Hereditary optic neuroretinopathy.
(These synonyms are mentioned for information but are not necessarily included as separate entries in this glossary. Where multiple entries are included, the synonym text links to its entry.)
Leber's optic atrophy is a rare hereditary disorder characterized by rapid loss of central vision due to neuroretinal degeneration (i.e. visual field testing shows an enlarging central scotoma).
This condition is most commonly diagnosed in young men, typically in the age range 27-34 years.
Leber's optic atrophy is named after German Ophthalmologist, Theodor Karl Gustav von Leber (1840 - 1917), who described this condition in 1868.
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