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What is the difference between optic neuropathy and retinal artery occulsion?

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Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology

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Optic neuropathy is a generic term referring to damage to the optic nerve from any cause including trauma, decreased blood flow, or genetic disease.
Retinal artery occlusion is a blockage in the artery feeding the retina, which leads to damage or death of the retinal nervous tissue. A central retinal artery occlusion can cause an optic neuropathy.

In brief: Related issues

Optic neuropathy is a generic term referring to damage to the optic nerve from any cause including trauma, decreased blood flow, or genetic disease.
Retinal artery occlusion is a blockage in the artery feeding the retina, which leads to damage or death of the retinal nervous tissue. A central retinal artery occlusion can cause an optic neuropathy.
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