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Small optic nerves. been monitored by ophthalmologist once yearly for 2 years. glaucoma suspect but pressures always normal. what other causes?

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Hereditary : The Confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopy Ancillary Study to the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS), Zangwill and colleagues evaluated baseline topographic optic disc factors associated with risk of converting from ocular hypertension to glaucoma. Results: No significant difference in mean disc areas was found between those eyes that converted to glaucoma versus those who did not...(more)
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
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Unusually, hypoplasia of the optic nerves is the most common congenital abnormality of the optic nerve. Vision may vary from no light perception to near normal. This condition can be diagnosed clinically by an abnormally small optic nerve in on or both eyes.
May 30, 2016

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