Mechanisms of optic nerve damage in primary open angle glaucoma.

  title={Mechanisms of optic nerve damage in primary open angle glaucoma.},
  author={Robert D. Fechtner and Robert N. Weinreb},
  journal={Survey of ophthalmology},
  volume={39 1},
Several mechanisms have been postulated to explain the optic nerve damage that occurs in primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). No single mechanism can adequately explain the great variations in susceptibility to damage and the patterns of damage seen in this syndrome. The etiology of POAG is likely to be multifactorial. Mechanical, vascular and other factors may influence individual susceptibility to optic nerve damage. An enhanced understanding of the nature of the optic nerve damage in POAG and… CONTINUE READING