Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Prog Retin Eye Res. 2001 Sep;20(5):563-93.

The blood supply of the optic nerve head and the evaluation of it - myth and reality.

Author information

  • 1Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA 52242-1091, USA.


Evidence has gradually emerged that there is vascular insufficiency in the optic nerve head (ONH) in both anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) and glaucomatous optic neuropathy (GON); thus both represent ischemic disorders of the ONH. Together these diseases constitute a major cause of blindness or seriously impaired vision in man. Consequently there has recently been great interest in the ONH circulation in health and disease and in how to evaluate it. Many studies of the subject have been published, with conflicting interpretations and claims. The basis of the inconsistent information seems to be confusion on some fundamental issues concerning the ONH circulation itself. The objective of this paper is to differentiate myths and misconceptions from reality about the ONH blood supply; to elucidate the reasons for disagreement on the blood supply of the ONH; and to evaluate the reliability and validity of various methods currently used to measure ONH blood flow.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk