Optic atrophy

Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Optic atrophy is a term used to refer to degeneration of the optic nerve of the eye.


Symptoms of optic atrophy generally include some loss of vision - central or peripheral, depending on the underlying condition and the specific causes of optic atrophy in that case. There may also be adverse effects on colour perception.

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

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For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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