Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Ischemic optic neuropathy [or “stroke of the optic nerve”] is one of the most common causes of loss of vision in persons past middle age, although younger people can get it as well. It occurs when the blood supply to the optic nerve is interrupted, thus causing vision loss. There are two types of Ischemic optic neuropathy, depending upon the part of the optic nerve involved, anterior and posterior. Early diagnosis, recognition of various risk factors, and carrying out the treatment and follow-up visits, as recommended, are the most important aspects of care for persons with ischemic optic neuropathy.