Nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy.

Niraj Desai, Milan R. Patel, L. Michael Prisant, Dilip A. Thomas

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Nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy is a common cause of sudden, painless loss of vision present commonly on awakening from sleep. It most commonly affects middle-aged and elderly Caucasian men and women. Involvement of the opposite eye occurs within 3 years in less than 43% of patients. Hypertension, diabetes, and nocturnal hypotension are risk factors. A congenital small cup-to-disk ratio also predisposes to the optic nerve ischemia. There is no effective therapy to treat patients acutely or to prevent recurrence. After 6 months of careful follow-up, 57.3% of patients will have no significant change or worsening of their vision in the involved eye.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-133
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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