The ophthalmic literature dealing with diseases of the optic nerve, tracts, and visual cortex was reviewed for the period November 1976 to November 1977. Thirty-three papers of interest to optometrists have been abstracted. Main areas of interest include response of posterior segment to anterior-segment disturbances; structural anomalies in nerve-head region, including a new potential cause for hypoplasia of optic nerve; speculation on possible common origins of RPE/Bruch's membrane disturbances and endothelium/Descemet's membrane disturbances; a vascular hypothesis for pathogenesis of optic-nerve-head drusen; an explanation for reversibility of infantile glaucomatous cupping; glaucomatocyclitic crisis; the role of axoplasmic flow in papilledema; new developments in field testing for early glaucomatous loss; effects of cerebral vascular accidents on color vision; and two interesting instances of systemic disease with ocular manifestations.
Presented before the Section on Ocular Disease at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, Birmingham, Alabama, December 13, 1977. Received January 18, 1978.
* Optometrist, Ph.D., Member of Faculty, F.A.A.O.
T. David Williams
School of Optometry
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
© 1978 American Academy of Optometry