Pathophysiology of the progressive optic neuropathy of glaucoma.

Leonard Levin // Publications // Sep 01 2005

PubMed ID: 16054993

Author(s): Levin LA. Pathophysiology of the progressive optic neuropathy of glaucoma. Ophthalmol Clin North Am. 2005 Sep;18(3):355-64, v. Review. PMID 16054993

Journal: Ophthalmology Clinics Of North America, Volume 18, Issue 3, Sep 2005

Glaucoma is the most common chronic optic neuropathy. Although traditionally considered a disease of elevated intraocular pressure, it is now clear that glaucoma is primarily a distinctive optic neuropathy. This article discusses the distinctive features of glaucoma: disk morphology, visual field patterns, and disease progression. The primary goal is to distinguish glaucoma from other optic neuropathies and, in so doing, to suggest some hypotheses for its etiology.