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Can your optic nerves be different sizes?

Can your optic nerves be different sizes?

Examining the optic nerve can be a daunting task. Its potential permutations are diverse, with individualized variations in color, size and even vascular supply.

What does it mean if one optic nerve is bigger than the other?

The most common cause of asymmetric optic nerves with normal vision and no symptoms is a developmental or congenital condition called optic nerve hypoplasia. In this condition, the optic nerve in one eye is much smaller and underdeveloped compared to the normal optic nerve in the fellow eye.

Do some people have larger optic nerves?

Some people have the appearance of glaucomatous cupping, but in reality have perfectly normal eyes. This is because some people are born with larger optic nerves … their “pipe” is very large with a lot of excess room inside of it that gives the illusion of nerve loss, but in reality they are perfectly healthy.

What causes optic nerve asymmetry?

The problem most often affects older adults. The optic nerve can also be damaged by shock, toxins, radiation, and trauma. Eye diseases, such as glaucoma, can also cause a form of optic nerve atrophy. The condition can also be caused by diseases of the brain and central nervous system.

What does a crowded optic nerve mean?

In a crowded disc, a normal number of ganglion cell or optic nerve axons converge at a small optic disc to course through a smaller-than-average scleral canal, which can create indistinct margins. Small and crowded discs are commonly associated with hyperopia due to shortened axial length.

What is a normal optic nerve size?

The normal optic nerve head diameter varies in size from 1.2 to 2.5mm. There is some inconsistency in the literature as to what cutoffs to use for a small or large disc, but in general a disc can be considered small if ≤ 1.2 mm and large if ≥ 1.8 mm.

What can cause enlarged optic nerves?


  • A head injury.
  • A brain or spinal cord tumor.
  • Inflammation of the brain or any of its coverings, such as meningitis.
  • Extremely high blood pressure.
  • Bleeding in the brain.
  • A blood clot or a problem within certain veins.
  • Pus collecting from a brain infection.

Do African Americans have larger optic nerves?

Several clinical and histological studies have characterized racial differences in optic disc structure between blacks and whites. A quantitative evaluation of conventional optic disc photography from the Baltimore Eye Survey demonstrated that mean optic disc area was 12% larger in the black population.

What does optic nerve asymmetry mean?

The presence of asymmetry between the optic nerve cup between the two eyes of an individual is considered an early sign of glaucomatous damage42 clinically and is a predictor of future damage in ocular hypertensive patients.

What causes large optic nerves?

Papilledema occurs when there is increased pressure on the optic nerve from the brain and CSF. This pressure causes the nerve to swell as it enters the eyeball at the optic disc. There are some serious medical conditions that can cause this increased pressure to develop, including : head trauma.

Does enlarged optic nerve mean glaucoma?

Glaucoma can cause the cup to enlarge (actually little nerve fibers are being wiped out along the rim of the optic nerve in glaucoma). Some doctors refer to an enlarged cup/disc ratio as cupping or a cupped nerve. Glaucoma typically causes the cup to get bigger in a vertical oval type pattern.

What is the normal size of the optic nerve?

The average optic nerve is 1500 microns (or 1.5 millimeters) in size where it enters into the back of the eye. As it leaves the eye, the nerve size increases and varies in size until it intersects with the fellow eye’s optic nerve at the optic chiasm.Optic nerve size can vary in individuals.

What is normal optic nerve thickness?

Nerve fibre layer thickness measurements were obtained at 1.5 disc diameters from the optic nerve. Four 90 degree quadrants were identified. RESULTS The mean nerve fibre layer thickness varied from a minimum of 55.4 μm to a maximum of 105.3 μm, with a mean thickness value of 78.2 (SD 10.6) μm.

What is a normal optic nerve?

Examining the optic nerve can be a daunting task. Its potential permutations are diverse, with individualized variations in color, size and even vascular supply. A normal optic nerve head (ONH) usually is round or oval, mildly elevated and pink in color, with a centralized depression known as the cup.

What is normal optic disc size?

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