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Optic Nerve Diseases

Optic Nerve Diseases

Synonym(s) - Cranial Nerve II Diseases - Foster-Kennedy Syndrome - Optic Disk Disorders - Optic Neuropathy - Second Cranial Nerve Diseases

Definition: Conditions which produce injury or dysfunction of the second cranial or optic nerve, which is generally considered a component of the central nervous system. Damage to optic nerve fibers may occur at or near their origin in the retina, at the optic disk, or in the nerve, optic chiasm, optic tract, or lateral geniculate nuclei. Clinical manifestations may include decreased visual acuity and contrast sensitivity, impaired color vision, and an afferent pupillary defect.

Broader term(s)

  • Nervous System Diseases
  • Cranial Nerve Diseases
  • Optic Nerve Diseases

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