“Stroke of the optic nerve” is a term sometimes used to describe a group of disorders called occlusive eye diseases. The optic nerve is a bundle of fibers that transmits light impulses from the eye to the brain. A blockage in the blood supply (ischemia) can cause optic neuropathy. Blockages can quickly interfere with the vitality of the nerve tissue that carries visual images to the brain.
Currently, the NEI does not have a factsheet on this condition.
For more information from other health sites, please visit the following webpages:
University of Iowa Health Care, Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Part I, an introduction for patients
North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (AION)
American Academy of Ophthalmology, What is Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy?
Merck Manual, Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
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