Anatomy of the Optic Nerve and Visual Pathway

Andrew G. Lee, Michael L. Morgan, Angelina Espino Barros Palau, Christina K. Mai, Ying Chen, Timothy Soeken, Eileen A. Choudhury, Niloofar Yari

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Visual information is transduced in the retinas and transmitted via the optic nerves. At the optic chiasm some fibers decussate while others remain ipsilateral to facilitate contralateral visual field representation in post-chiasmatic structures. The anatomy and physiology facilitate localization of lesions. In turn, anatomic localization narrows the differential diagnosis of disease facilitating focused laboratory and radiographic investigation. In turn, treatments are directed based on localization and diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHistory, Embryology, Anatomy, Imaging, and Diagnostics
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780124104471
ISBN (Print)9780124103900
StatePublished - Apr 23 2015


  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Ganglion cells
  • Optic chiasm
  • Optic nerve
  • Retina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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